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Selected for the Plano 125 Exhibit

April 22, 2011

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My painting “Early Morning Staging in Uptown” has been selected by two renowned artists and curators Michael O’Keefe and Enrique Cervantes for the Plano 125 Exhibit.  The 70 painting show hangs from April 28 to May 29th in the “Art Gallery” in building A at Collin County College. The Arts Gallery is open Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Gallery is located just south of the intersection of Jupiter & Spring Creek, in Plano, in the Collin County Community College campus.  Visit their website for more information and directions: The Reception will be held on May 4,  2011 – 6pm until 8pm, with the awards ceremony at 7pm.


2nd Place Award for “Loading Up”

April 20, 2011

I am fortunate to have been awarded 2nd place  for Watercolor  by award-winning artist, Marileigh Schulte of Encinitas, California last Sunday in the Texas & Neighbors Regional 5 state art exhibit. There were at least 300 people at the reception, lots of food, flowers and fantastic art. There were around 500 painting entered and 80 were selected for the show. Of the eighty show selections there were a total of 19 awards.   See  for photos and information.

The Exhibit will hang from April 17 to May 8, 2011
Irving Art Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving TX 75062
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  9 am to 5 pm
Thursday 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm

Accepted 26th TX and Neighbors Art Exhibit

March 3, 2011

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My painting “Loading Up” a watercolor scene from my visit to San Francisco has been accepted into the 26th Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibit by  juror Marileigh Schulte. The opening reception will be on April 17, 2011 in San Antonio Texas

First Christian Church of Grapeland Texas

February 5, 2011

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16″x20″ Gift to my friend

The First Christian Church was organized around 1872 in the Old Red House community, about three miles east of Grapeland.  The congregation moved to Grapeland in 1882, and in 1895 this church was erected.  In 1915 the church building was moved to its present location. Some 75 years later the congregation disbanded and donated the church to the community.   
I knew a man who lived his life in Lubbock, Texas, and originally came from Grapeland. My friend is Herbert Walker Leaverton. Herbert’s grandfather built the Grapeland church in 1885. Herbert told me his grandfather hand cut the shingles for the tower. I recently visited Grapeland, and I knew the shingles were cut in all kinds of shapes: squares, rectangles, and octagons. They were laid out to create a beautiful art collage on the top of the tower. Herbert said his grandfather became the minister of the church, and that he later was married to Herbert’s grandmother there. Herbert’s grandparents had 11 children, one of whom was Herbert’s mother. This little church was Herbert’s place of worship while he lived in Grapeland.
I painted this scene as a gift for Herbert for his 91st birthday, and I had the opportunity to give it to him in person at the hospital. The painting brought a smile to his face and a sparkle and a tear to his eye. He held my hand and told me the story of the church in his own words and what it meant to him. Herbert was a different kind of a man in a special and unique way. I remember early last year I received a call from Herbert on my cell phone. I heard Herbert say “I am proud of you”. That phone call was his gift to me and will always be special to me.

Herbert passed away at 6:30 am on February 22, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. He was 91.

The painting is now with Herbert’s son in Lubbock.

Bird Hit

January 31, 2011

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16″ x 20″

Last week I flew to Albany in far west Texas to inspect a project we designed for a wealthy owner. We traveled in his helicopter. This scene is at the small airport in Albany and the pilot is pointing out where the helicopter was hit by a sea-gull. I call the scene “Bird Hit”


January 24, 2011

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18″x24″ Frame Size

This scene continues my fascination with the trolleys in uptown near my office. The maintainance facility is right across the street and each morning the workers stage up the trolleys for the days departure. Each morning there is a mini traffic jam creating tension. I tried to reflect that tension in this scene. I entered this painting along with “Vanilla Ice Cream and “Loading Up” in the 2011 Texas and Neighbors Regional Exhibition competition.

Load Up

January 10, 2011

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15″ tall  x 14″ wide

In this scene the trolley is being over taken by foreign tourist for a ride up the famous Powell street. Almost everyone is carrying a full back pack and no one is talking. The city is bustling with pedestrians moving quickly and quietly down the sidewalks in every direction going who knows where. The majority of the pedestrians have ear phones in their ears listening to music. I find the energy exciting and refreshing. Most of all I am impressed with the friendliness and kindness of the locals and the tourist.  There were artist everywhere, making art. It was a nice trip.

State Fair of Texas 1st Place – Landscape

October 4, 2010

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Lilly Pads
24″x36″ Framed
First Place Landscape
State Fair of  Texas 2010
Currently on Exhibit at the Fair in the Arts Pavilion

West Texas Watercolor Society Fall Show

September 28, 2010

These 3 paintings are in the West Texas Watercolor Society Juried Fall Show and Exhibit.  The show is from October 1 to October 31 at the Louise Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock Texas at 511 Ave K.

1. Bridge to Waxahachie
2. Behind the Net
3. Silent Reflections

Accepted Lake Granbury Art Association Juried Show and Exhibit

August 31, 2010

Caboose-Edgewood, TX 
With Attitude-Alba, TX
Tracks-Waxahachie, TX 
My watercolor paintings above have been accepted into the Lake Granbury Art Association Fall Festival Art Juried Show and Exhibit. The Exhibit will be at The Shanley House Gallery, 224 North Travis , Granbury, TX 76048 Sneak preview of show on Friday, September 24th during Granbury’s Last Friday Gallery Night. The Shanley House is open until 9pm that evening along with several other venues around town.
Awards reception will be on Saturday, September 25th starting at 6:30pm. Presentation at 7:15pm.

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