Artists Statement

My thought is that I am an entertainer at heart. Rather than choosing the performing arts to entertain, I've chosen the visual arts. Without a doubt, my genre is drama. Even though my choice of subject matter is diverse, consistently my drawings and paintings will show conflicting forces between light and dark. ​


I am the director, my subject the actor and my paper the stage. My desire is to delight the eye by giving the viewer a lot to look at, rich in detail, rich in color and rich in expression. Without using words, without music and without being disturbed by movement, my actor commands attention. When the spotlight illuminates the actor, something in my painting will say, "Notice me. See how pretty the light says I am". ​

I can't help but have an impassioned experience with each painting or drawing that I do because I love both my craft and my subject. I love being lost in the process, engaged in an affair that occupies me fully. My work and my pleasure is to share that love with you.​

Awards

2019

SECOND PLACE - The Art of The Heartland National Juried Competition for "Sun Fed".

 

2018

FIRST PLACE - The Art of The Heartland National Juried Competition for "The Fragile Little Worlds Between the Darkness & the Light".

HONORABLE MENTION - The Art of The Heartland National Juried Competition for "Little Words for Big Stories".

FINALIST/WINNER - "A Place to Call Home" is a finalist in the 7th Plein Air Salon Art Competition and the winner of the December/January bi-monthly competition for the Best Outdoor Still Life.

 

2017

IAC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - 32th Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition for "It Don't Make Sense But It's So Much Fun"

 

2016

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - National Oil & Acrylic Painters of America Signature & Master Artists Exhibit for "A Place to Call Home".

FINALIST -  In the Portraits/Figures category of The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition for "The Fragility of Lives & Dreams".

NOAPS SIGNATURE AWARD - Recognition for being juried into three National Oil & Acrylic Painters of America International Art Exhibitions.

FIRST PLACE - Pastel/Graphics - 31st Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition for "The Fragility of Lives & Dreams"

FIRST PLACE - BEST of SHOW - Mt Pleasant Tx Art Society Annual Members Show for "It Don't Make Sense But It's So Much Fun"

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD - Mt Pleasant Tx Art Society Annual Members Show for "The Fragile Little Worlds between the Shadows and the Light".

 

2015

FIRST PLACE & GRAND PRIZE WINNER - UArt 2015 Online Colored Pencil Competition for "It Don't Make Sense But It's So Much Fun"

HONORABLE MENTION - Signature Category - CPSA ArtSpectations Online Fall 2015 Exhibition.

JURORS AWARD - 24th Annual Juried Art Show, Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, Tx. for "I Am Not What I Seem"

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE -  NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society) Online International Spring 2015 Exhibition for "The Old Cookville Store".

IAC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - 30th Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition for "The Fragile Little Worlds Between the Darkness & the Light"

TXN SIGNATURE AWARD - Recognition for being juried into five Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibitions

FIRST PLACE -  Mt Pleasant, TX Art Society 2015 Annual Membership Show​ for "Beneath the Thin Veneer Lay the Heart & Soul"

 

2014

SECOND PLACE - National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS)  24th Best of America Exhibit, Dunnegan Gallery of Fine Art, Bolivar, MO. My piece, "Though Wind & Waters Roar", was purchased by the Dunnegan Gallery and will remain in their permanent collection.

SILVER MEDAL-  29th Annual Bosque Art Classic for "Breaking the Ties that Bind"

ART PATRONS PURCHASE AWARD - 29th Annual Bosque Art Classic. "Breaking the Ties that Bind" was purchased by the Art Patrons of the Bosque Conservatory and will remain in their permanent collection.

 

2013

FINALIST - 30th Annual Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition for "I Am Not What I Seem".

HONORABLE MENTION -Texas & Neighbors Regional Multimedia Art Exhibit, Irving, TX for "Not Quite but Soon"

JURY'S TOP 50 - Salon International 2013, International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX for "Saturday Afternoon Demo"

 

2012​

HONOR AWARD - It Never Crossed My Mind - Richardson 75 International​ - Animals, Birds & Wildlife 2012​

THIRD PRIZE WINNER - Surreptitious Gaze/It Never Crossed My Mind - International Artists Magazine Challenge No. 72, Favorite Subjects, December/January 2013.​​

FIRST PLACE Oil/Acrylic - Surreptitious Gaze/It Never Crossed My Mind - 4th Unconditional Love National Pet Art Exhibition, Irving, TX​​

BEST OF SHOW - Sweet Seduction - Winner of the 2012 EXPY Best of Show Award & the Prismacolor Award - Explore This! 8 - CPSA on-line Exhibition​​

JURY'S TOP 50 - The Old Cookville Store - Salon International 2012, International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX​​

FIRST PLACE - Oil/Acrylic on Canvas - Evening's Blushing Ray - RCAS 46th Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Richardson, TX​​

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2011​​

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING RECOGNITION - Not Quite But Soon - CPSA 19th Annual International Exhibiton, Richardson, TX ​​

FIRST PLACE - Pastel/Graphics - Not Quite But Soon - Richardson Civic Art Society 45th Regional Juried Art Exhibition, Richardson, TX​​

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2010​​

AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL MERIT - Reaching Out to the Other Side - Explore This! 6 - CPSA on-line Exhibition​​

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (First Place Overall) - Yesterday Morning When I was Young - Texas & Neighbors Regional Multimedia Art Exhibit, Irving, TX.​​

JURY'S TOP 60 AWARD - Radiance - Salon International 2010, International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX​​

THIRD PLACE - Dawn's Early Light - Mt Pleasant, Tx Art Society 2010 Annual Membership Show​​

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD - Dawn's Early Light - Mt Pleasant, TX Art Society 2010 Annual Membership Show​​

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2009​​

BEST OF SHOW - Celebrating Colored Pencil, CPSA DC 215 Annual Exhibition, Keller, TX (Hang on Tightly; Let Go Lightly)​​

KUDOS AWARD - Celebrating Colored Pencil, CPSA DC 215 Annual Exhibition, Keller, TX (Dawn's Early Light)​​

AWARD FOR OUTSTANCING ACHIEVEMENT - CPSA 17th Annual International Exhibition, Atlanta, GA (Dawn's Early Light)​​

THIRD PLACE - Mt Pleasant, Tx Art Society 2009 Annual Membership Show (Having Fun With Red & Green)​​

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD - Mt Pleasant, TX Art Society 2009 Annual Membership Show (Hang on Tightly; Let Go Lightly)​​

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2008​​

I took a year off from entering competitions except for this one. SmallWorks™ North America is the largest competitive exhibition and sale of original miniature art on the East Coast. Of more than 900 meticulously crafted submissions received by The Greenwich Workshop, 200 were selected to participate in this year's competitive showcase. My oil painting, "Lost in a Dream", was among the 200 pieces selected.​​

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2007​​

BEST OF SHOW - 16th Annual Juried Art Competition Show and Sale, Breckenridge Fine Art Center, Breckenridge, TX for "Unfettered" ​

HONORABLE MENTION - 16th Annual Juried Art Competition Show and Sale, Breckenridge Fine Art Center, Breckenridge, TX for "What We All Have in Common"​​

BEST OF SHOW - CPSA Award for Exceptional Merit & CIPPY Award for "Light Crisp Tasty - Fortune Inside" at the 15th Annual International Convention and Exhibition in Bethesda MD.​​

BEST OF SHOW - CPSA Award for Exceptional Merit & EXXPY Trophy, Explore This 4! Colored Pencil Exhibition, Brea, California for "Tenderly Morning Comes; Night Slips Quietly Away".​​

Finalist--The Artist's Magazine, 2007 Annual Art Competition, Still Life Category for "The Story of My Life".​​

BEST OF SHOW - The Artists Showplace & Gallery 2007 Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX for "The Long Way Home"​​

First Federal Community Bank Award - Annual Membership Show, Mt Pleasant Art Society, Mt Pleasant, TX. For "Reflecting"​​

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD - Annual Membership Show, Mt Pleasant Art Society, Mt. Pleasant, TX. For "Reflecting"​​

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2006​​

Now You Know"  was accepted into the traveling museum exhibition, "The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century." This exhibition started in late 2007 and ran through 2010. Fifteen museums hosted the show.​​

FINALIST -  American Artist DRAWING Magazine Cover competition for "Repose"​​

PIONEER OF REALISM AWARD - The International Guild of Realism's Second Annual Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM for "The Long Way Home"​​

FINALIST -  "Art Kudos" International Competition for "Now You Know".​​

FIRST PLACE - CPSA 215 Fall Show, Plano, TX, for "In Good Taste"​​

THIRD PLACE - CPSA 215 Fall Show for "Plum Delicious".​​

AWARD OF RECOGNITION - CPSA 215 Fall Show for "Yucca"​​

HONORABLE MENTION - The Artist's Magazine, 2006 Annual Art Competition, Still Life Category for Tenderly Morning Comes; Night Slips Quietly Away​​

FINALIST - The Artist's Magazine, Annual Art Competition, Still Life Category. Published in the December 2006 issue. "Pink"​​

FINALIST - The Artist's Magazine, Annual Art Competition, Still Life Category. Published in the December 2006 issue. (The Long Way Home)​​

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE -  CPSA International Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM "The Magnificent Seven"​​

EARNED FIVE YEAR RECOGNITION AWARD - Colored Pencil Society of America. "The Magnificent Seven"​​

ARTIST OF THE MONTH - February American Artist Magazine online competition. "Sandy's Gardenia"​​

THIRD PLACE - North Light Book Club Cover Competition "Pull to Open"​​

THIRD PLACE - The Artists Showplace Gallery 2006 Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX "Reflecting"​​

FIRST PLACE - Other Media--Hilton Head National Juried Art Exhibition, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. "Now You Know"​​

FIRST PLACE - Memphis/Germantown Art League's Annual National Exhibition, Memphis, TN. "Now You Know"​​

FIRST PLACE - Mini Art Show, Mt. Pleasant, TX Art Society January, 2006 "Now You Know"​​

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2005​​

THIRD PLACE - North Light Book Club, Cover Competition. (Pull to Open) ​

GRAND PRIZE WINNER -  Challenge no. 29--Still Life & Florals, International Artists Magazine No. 45, October/November 2005 Issue. (The Magnificent Seven)​​

GOLD MEDAL AWARD - Best Other Media--20th Annual Conservatory Art Classic National Art Competition, presented by the Bosque Conservatory and Art Council at the Bosque Conservatory in Clifton, Texas. (Pull to Open)​​

FINALIST - The Artist's Magazine, Annual 2005 Art Competition, Still Life Category. (Reflecting)​​

LYRA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE - 13th Annual International Colored Pencil Exhibition in Chicago, IL (Pull to Open)​​

SECOND PLACE - Plano Art Association 2005 National Juried Exhibition, Plano, TX. Pastel/Graphics Division - (Pull to Open)​

FIRST PLACE - The Finer Points Colored Pencil Exhibition 2005, Irving TX (Simply Red)​​

BEST OF SHOW - The Artists Showplace Gallery 2005 Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX (98 Cents Per Pound)​​

FIRST PLACE - Combined Category, The Artists Showplace Gallery 2005 Juried Exhibition, Dallas, TX (98 Cents Per Pound)​​

SECOND PLACE - Annual Membership Show, Mt Pleasant Art Society, Mt Pleasant, TX. (In Good Taste)​​

PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD - Annual Membership Show, Mt Pleasant Art Society, Mt. Pleasant, TX. (In Good Taste)​​

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2004​​

SILVER MEDAL AWARD - Best Other Media, Bosque National Art Competition, Bosque Conservatory and Art Council. (I Will Remember You) ​

EARNED SIGNATURE STATUS - Colored Pencil Society of America CPSA International (98 Cents Per Pound)​​​

THE WEBER GROUP AWARD - Visual Arts Society of Texas (She Was Only Sixteen)​​

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2001-2002​​

GRUMBACHER GOLD MEDALION 2002 AWARD, the highest award given for the year at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, NM. (Tiara)​

SECOND PLACE  - Faber-Castell Portrait Competition (Tiara) ​

BEST OF SHOW - in Drawing - Northeast Texas Community College  ​

BANK OF AMERICA AWARD - Mt. Pleasant TX Art Society​​

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1993-1994​​

1994 SPECIAL AWARD ADVANCED COLORED PENCIL - Northeast Texas Community College​​

1994 FIRST PLACE  - Oil Painting NTCC​​

1993 OUTSTANDING STUDENT OF THE YEAR at Northeast Texas Community College in Advanced Drawing​​

1993 FIRST PLACE - Advanced Drawing, Northeast Texas Community College​​

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