oil paintings

Laura Cantu Smith

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Richmond, Texas

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Medium:  Oil Painter

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by Laura Cantu Smith

I have been drawing and painting since I was a young child and I was blessed with wonderful art teachers and parents who fostered my talent and love for art. Born and raised in Richmond, Texas, I’m proud to be part of a close-knit and friendly community. I love to travel and go camping and hiking with my family: sons Austin and Alex, husband Greg.

I pursued art studies at The University of St. Thomas in Houston and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. I studied abroad at the UST Rome, Italy campus and traveled to Greece and throughout Europe to see first-hand all of the art I studied in school. I have a special love for the Renaissance period and I have strived to learn from the masters. My influences have always been great architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts throughout history.

After college I began a career in graphic design and have worked in advertising and corporate communications helping companies with their marketing messaging and branding.  Illustration work was a way to keep my hand in the art world while I working in graphic design.

I’m currently painting in my studio primarily in oils on canvas building a portfolio for art licensing and fine art. I enjoy observing nature and painting and illustrating God’s creations and the colorful world around me.

 

Danielle Shea Gagliardi

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Danielle Shea Gagliardi

Sugar Land, Texas

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Medium:  Oil Painter

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Danielle Shea Gagliardi is a figure and landscape artist originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She has a degree in Studio Art with a focus on painting. She currently resides in Sugar Land Texas with her family and is a professional artist.

Danielle’s current body of work focuses on texture as a means to express tension and tranquility. Using a range of landscape subjects, she intentionally builds texture and dimension with paint. Leaving brush strokes highly visible and expressive, Danielle invites the viewer to feel emotion building within the painting.

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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by Karen Gehse

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by Karen Gehse

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.

Jeff Schauss

When he sings. Oil on canvas wood frame 28x22
Jeff Schauss

Manvel, Texas

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Medium:  Oil on Canvas and Acrylic on Canvas

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by Jeff Schauss

The ridge runner. Oil on canvas 29x 40

by Jeff Schauss

When he sings. Oil on canvas wood frame 28x22

by Jeff Schauss

Why ask me for knowledge you wouldn't understand Better yes Ask me for understanding. Oil on canvas 30.5x40.5

by Jeff Schauss

Artist Statement

Now that I have reached the age where I can be called a pensioner it’s time to spread my unencumbered wings and fly. A time to play my role in this illusion we call life and due my part in salvation. My chosen role is to bring spiritual communications into the world of time through abstract paintings .And what a wonderous role it is to merely listen and with great joy slap paint on what ever gets in the way. To enable miracles to unfold What more could one ask for? No more to agonize over highlights ,shadows and contrast But rather to say “Thy will be done Let’s paint” So when you look at one of my images quiet your mind and receive the message that’s in it for you at that moment Let them open your mind to receive from above I wish you peace. Jeff

 

 

Anne Gregory

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Sugarland Texas

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Medium  Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media

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by Anne Gregory

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by Anne Gregory

Artist Bio

I strive to make memories from the ordinary and celebrate the commonplace, specializing in “making something from nothing.” As an artist, I inject vibrant color into everyday subjects in my paintings. As a graphic designer & product developer, I love the challenge of grasping a concept and creating something one can touch and feel. In employing an impressionistic, painterly style and a vibrant color palette, I am not afraid of color! In changing one’s viewpoint, life’s mundane “same olds” are expressed in dynamic color. My intention goes beyond creating pleasing pictures, and I look for connections in developing series of artworks. Art captures fleeting moments within day-to-day experiences. I seek to portray my sense of wonder in sensing Gods’ hand in creating images that evolve from seeing only darkness, then glowing light, and vivid color.

This inaugural showing of my F.R.O.G. series of paintings is also the unveiling my children’s book that I illustrated: Fredrick the Frog, a Life Cycle Story. From a squiggly slimy ball of jelly to a leaf-hopper, watch Fredrick the Frog grow up in a lush green pond. Along the way, he makes friends and discovers new things he can do as his body changes. An artfully illustrated book celebrating God’s perfect plan in nature’s life cycle.

Affiliations  Art League of 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.”

Homi Davier

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Homi Davier

Richmond, Texas

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Medium: Acrylic, & Oils on Canvas, with Brush, Palette, Sponge n’ more

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By Homi Davier

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By Homi Davier

Artist Bio

My art comes from my heart & I have been a professional artist for more than four decades.
I love capturing special memories and putting them on canvas and that has been the case ever since I realized that I can paint n’ draw! I come from a family of artists and in fact next month Sotheby’s will have a live auction in New York City of art done by a relative Adi Davierwala.
My art has adorned walls of collectors & corporation from across the globe and each piece is produced without even an inclination of how or what it will end up to be. That delivers an element of surprise that is exciting even to me as an artist. It ends up being the adrenaline that allows me to pump my desire and produce effective pieces of art!

I look for interesting urban or architectural themes to transfer as stories & memories on canvas with my own impressions and style. I am told that my style leans towards expressionist abstract art that tells a story through themes. Take a look at my online gallery.

Gary Frisk

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Gary Frisk

Richmond Texas

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Medium: Oil on Canvas

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By Artist Gary Frisk

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By Artist Gary Frisk

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