2013 EVENTS:
AWARDS:
  • 2013 - Third Place - Pastels - Out of the Blue, soft pastel on Ampersand Bord at the Richardson Civic Art Society's Regional Juried Art Competition
  • 2013 - First Place - Drawing/Pastels - September Morning, soft pastel on board - Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition.
  • 2012 - First Place - Drawing/Pastels - 11th Annual Irving National Wildlife Juried Competition for "Freedom's Voice"
  • 2012 - Jurors Choice - Oklahoma Friendly National Juried Show - Pastel titled "September Morning"
  • 2011 - Award of Merit - National Juried Art Show sponsored by Navarro Council of the Arts - Pastel titled "Winter Blues"
  • 2011 - First Place in Pastels - Irving Art Association's 10th Annual Wildlife Competetion - Pastel titled "Out of the Blue"
  • 2011 - First Place in Oils - Desoto Art League Annual Art Show- Desoto, Texas - Winning piece was "The Red Bandana"
  • 2011 - People's Choice Award - Paint Historic Waxahachie Plein Air Event and Juried Competion
  • 2011 - Honorable Mention - Paint Historic Waxahachie Plein Air Event and Juried Competion
  • 2011 - Third Place - Paint the Glen Paint Out Competition in Glen Rose, Texas (Two Red Doors)
  • 2011 - Honorable Mention - Richardson Civic Art Society's 45th Annual Regional Juried Art Competition for "Autum Green", oil on panel.
  • 2010 - First Place in Pastels/Graphics for Tried by Fire and Honorable Mention for Leddy's in Richardson Civic Art Society Juried Membership Show
  • 2010 - First Place - Midlothian Conference Center Arts Council Annual Show for pastel piece-Design with Purpose
  • 2010 - First Place in Oils - Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show & Sale (The New Isis)
  • 2010 - Merchandise Award - 5th Annual Paint Historic Waxahachie
  • 2010 - First Place Dry Media (pastels) Desoto Art League Spring Art Show (Going Green)
  • 2010 - First Place in Dry Media - Cedar Hill Regional Art Exhibit in Cedar Hill, Texas (Chloe & the Kangaroo)
  • 2009 - Best of Show in the Midlothian Art Council's 2009 Fine Art Show (Tried By Fire)
  • 2009 - Third Place in the "Paint Corsicana" plein air event
  • 2009 - People's Choice Award in the 4th Annual "Paint Out" in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 2009 - Honorable Mention - Visual Arts Alliance 26th Juried Open Exhibition in Houston, Texas
  • 2009 - First Place in Dry Media - Cedar Hill Regional Art Exhibit (Tried By Fire)
  • 2008 - Best of Show - Ellis County Art Association Members Show (Broke Nose Jake)
  • 2008 - Best of Show - Rio Brazos Art Exhibition- 12th Annual Juried Show & Sale - Granbury, TX (Image Bearer)
  • 2008 - 1st Place in Oils - Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Jurried Art Show & Sale (Captive)
  • 2008 - Best of Show - Visual Arts Society of Texas - 40th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition and Sale (Image Bearer)
  • 2007 - People’s Choice - Paint Historic Waxahachie Plein air event
  • 2007 - 3rd Place in Oils - Artist Showplace- Richardson, Texas (Image Bearer)
  • 2006 - 2nd Place - "Peoples Choice" - Paint Historic Waxahachie plein air event
  • 2006 - 2nd Place in Oils- Grand Prairie Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show & Sale
  • 2004 - "Best of Show " - Irving Art Association's Annual Wildlife Show
  • 1997- "Best of Show " - 1st Annual "Art of the Square" - Glen Rose, Texas.

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Paint Out in Waxahachie, Texas - 2008
Image Bearer won Best of Show in 2008 Visual Arts Society of Texas 40th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition
Plein Air Ramblings...
Paint Out in Waxahachie, Texas - 06-07

The French expression en plein air means "in the open air" and is most used to describe the act of painting outside in the environment. It is by far the most enjoyable painting experience. Most who try it once are hooked.

Part of the appeal for painting "en plein air" is the natural light. While painting from photos gives the artist more unrushed time, photos do not capture all the subtle colors and depth that can be observed in nature.

Usually, plein air paintings are done quickly, within a couple of hours and are painted on smaller panels or canvas, rarely no larger than a 12" x 16". The primary reason for the short time and small painting surface is the ever-changing light. Light and shadows will change dramatically in a 2 hours span of time.

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