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Kenneth Haley

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Kenneth Haley

Simonton,  Texas

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Medium:  Painter-Impressionist, & Abstract

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Artist Bio:

Kenneth Haley began his art career at the age of 10. As he recalls, he was always drawing something. Often, lacking paper, Ken would draw on any surface available – including, at one point, a white car in the parking lot of the local drug store – in pencil, of course.

Ken was drafted into the Army in 1967. He was deployed to Saigon, Vietnam in January 1968 during what is now known as the Tet offensive. After serving one and a half years as a tank mechanic, the military, recognizing Kenneth’s artistic talents, re-assigned him to be a combat artist. His job included documenting the activities of the Military Police in various assignments, such as escorting military convoys, guarding prisoners as well as other law enforcement activities. As Kenneth puts it, he had a 45 on his right hip, a camera slung around his neck, a sketchpad in his left hand and a paintbrush in his right hand.

After being accepted as a combat artist, Ken served his remaining six months documenting the war through his artist’s perspective. He was required to produce at least one painting each week depicting the war effort. Interestingly, Kenneth’s artwork, being government property, has never been displayed publicly and is presumed to have simply disappeared into the fabric of time.

Following his military service, Kenneth was accepted into a four-year program at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he received his formal artistic training. He graduated with a “split major” in Graphic Arts and Fine Arts and received his BFA. During his last year at the Art Institute, Kenneth interned as a graphic artist for a local television station in Kansas City. After graduation his internship became his first full-time job as a professional graphic artist.

On a blind date, Kenneth met and subsequently married the love of his life, Faith. With his wife Faith by his side, Kenneth went on to serve in the missionary field where he honed his artistic skills throughout his travels.

Following his missions work, Kenneth returned to Houston, where he developed his painting skill set into a successful house painting business. Having presently logged forty-two years of marriage, Kenneth and Faith are quick to brag on their three remarkable sons and their five incredible grandchildren. Now retired from operating his contracting business, Kenneth has resumed his artistic pursuits and the stirring of his training and talent.

Presently, Kenneth enjoys working in a number of mediums, including, oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink.

Artist Statement or Philosophy:

Art is a gift. The Creator is the greatest artist, having created everything. The gift that I have in art is from the Creator. Through art, I have an opportunity to draw focus to a portion of what I see within His creation. My desire is to reveal a reflection of His works.

My passion is to create art that is enjoyable. I like to create art that is alive and brings life to others; art that is pleasing to the viewer and that will draw an emotional response and moves the viewer in some way. Art should tell a story in the same way as a good book. It should draw the viewer in as if they had painted it themselves.

I am inspired by remarkable details and treasures hidden within the landscapes, by different seasons, different times of the day, and the peace and tranquility of the setting. I also believe that an artist can capture that same sense through a variety of styles. Ultimately, my hope would be that the viewer would have that same feeling as I did as I painted it.

Sheri Herbert

Sheri Herbert

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Rosenberg Texas

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Medium: Oil on Canvas, Acrylic on Canvas

 

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Artist Bio

Sheri Herbert has been in a creative field throughout her life, as an artist, professional photographer, visual merchandiser, faux finisher and now as a teacher at her art studio in Rosenberg, TX.

She believes THE PURPOSE OF ART is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art – but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it. Once you learn to embrace this process, your creative potential is limitless.

Artwork should be an active verb (a lens by which to view the world) not a passive noun (a painting that sits dormant in a room or on a wall). Creativity lies NOT in the done but in the doing. Art is active and incomplete. Always shifting, always becoming. Art is a sneak peak into the future of potential, of what could be. Not a past result of what has been already done. Art is a process not a product. It is the journey, not the destination.

Art is a human act. Art is Risky. Generous. Courageous. Provocative. Creative. You can be perfect, or you can make art. You can keep track of what you will get in return for your effort, or you can make art. You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.

Karen Gehse

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Karen Gehse

Katy, Texas

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Medium:  Oil on Canvas

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Artist Bio

Karen Underwood Gehse is a representational artist known for her golf and country club paintings, and New Orleans genre art. She paints in the classical method of layer upon layer of thin glazes, and direct surface painting with fresh, painterly brushstrokes of thick oil paints, so we can feel the softness of fabric, the movement of the golfer, as well as the cold glare of the golf club. Gehse’s series “Golf Moments” was recently exhibited at the Glen Ellyn Library. Her “Imagine New Orleans” paintings are in ongoing exhibits at Heaven on Seven Restaurant, Make It Right Foundation New Orleans, and Fort Bend Art Center.
Gehse is founder, and contributing artist of IArtists, a group of Chicago-area artists who donate paintings to Hurricane Katrina victims who are rebuilding their homes, partnering with St. Bernard Project, Lutheran Church Charities, and Habitat for Humanity. She also volunteers as an art mentor in a junior high school gifted education program.
Karen is a ‘Pro Se’ artist, representing herself and IArtists. She studied painting and art for 12 years at College of DuPage with her mentor Professor Jennifer Hereth. Karen works in her home studio in Katy, TX, and at the Fort Bend Art Center, and is a member of Art League Fort Bend.

Caroline Ratliff

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Caroline Ratliff

Houston Texas

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Medium: Oil on Canvas

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Artist Statement

Texas based landscape artist, Caroline Ratliff, has developed her painting skills under the instruction of many prominent American pastel and oil painters, including Albert Handel, Matt Smith, and Scott Christensen. She received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Alabama and taught school in the Birmingham area. Moving to Texas, she continued teaching to support her family. When she retired, she became a full time artist. Seeing a need for a pastel society, she organized the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas and is the former president.

 Caroline says, “Happiness is being an artist.”

Gary Frisk

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Gary Frisk

Richmond Texas

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Medium: Oil on Canvas

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Artist Statement

“I started learning about art at an early age when visiting my grandmother, I would look in her art books and sit at her easel.  She oil painted like a master and I loved her work.  As one of life’s ironies, I never took any lessons from her.  I pursued a degree in engineering; however somewhere in my God given DNA, there was something that pressed me towards practicing art.  All my college notebooks are decorated with sketches of all types of subject matter and I have sketches that survived from high school.  I nurtured my interest by visiting museums and galleries; growing my realization that I wanted to oil paint”.

Bio

I always knew I could draw.  I started learning about art at an early age when visiting my grandmother, I would look in her art books and sit at her easel.  She oil painted like a master and I loved her work.  As one of life’s ironies, I never took any lessons from her. I pursued a degree in engineering; however somewhere in my God given DNA, there was something that pressed me towards practicing art.  My college notebooks are decorated with sketches of all types of subject matter and I have drawings and sketches that survived from high school.

In the fall of 2005, I took my first art class, Beginning Oil Painting, at the Glassel School of Art in Houston, Texas, as a way to spend time with my daughter.  I continued this formal training by eventually taking seven oil painting classes there.  In my limited sphere of knowledge, I felt I was progressing.  However, I realized I really knew nothing and needed to learn more from successful professional artists.  From online research, I found C. W Mundy.  Not knowing who he was, I took a workshop from him in 2013 and he completely opened my eyes to a whole new arena of art.  Since then, to further broaden my exposure and develop my skills, I have taken workshops from some of the best: V. Vaughan, Jeffrey C. Legg, Kathleen Dunphy, Stapleton Kearns and Joe Paquet.

Even while taking classes at Glassel, I knew I only wanted to focus my learning on and practice the traditional representational style of oil painting.

I plein air paint frequently.  I find this forces me to paint more often and I understand the benefits from painting directly from life rather than pictures.  Therefore, most of my pieces represents plein air.

I am continuing to put in the mileage; the never ending pursuit of growth and improvement.

Awards

Lone Star Art Guild Convention 2017 Honorable Mention in Category
Marble Falls Paint the Town 2017 2nd Place
Kerrville Outdoor Painting Event 2016 Best in Show
Oil Painters of America Summer Online Show 2015 Honorable Mention
Art League of Fort Bend Spring 2015 Best in Show
Lone Star Art Guild Convention 2015 1st Place in Category
Marble Falls Paint the Town 2015 5th Place
Lone Star Art Guild Convention 2014 3rd Place in Category
Art League of Fort Bend Fall 2013 Best in Show
Traditions Bank Show 2011

Affiliations Lone Star Art Guild   Art League of Fort Bend