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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Oil Painters of America National Salon

Partial view of the Oil Painters of America National Salon Show at Insight Gallery

It's one thing to see pictures of a painting, it's a whole other ball game to see the original. Of course we all know this, but I was hit between the eyes with this reality once again when I walked into Insight Gallery for the 22nd Annual Oil Painters of America National Salon 2013. Wow, what a spectacular show!

Kaline Carter, regional sales manager, and Kristin Bucher Hoerth, editor-in-chief of Southwest Art magazine

Jeff Legg with his award winning painting Illumination

Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX did a wonderful job displaying the work. Opening night the place was packed. I have been honored to be a part of several of these national shows but this is the first one I have actually attended. Two things really surprised me,    1) The scale/size of the paintings  2) The quality. The overall quality of the work being produced today is significantly better than that created just ten years ago. It just emphasizes the fact that we must keep working, keep learning, keep improving. Being juried into prominent shows like this cannot, must not be taken for granted, for if they are, we will eventually find ourselves outside looking in.

John Hulsey with his wife, Ann Trusty, have created The Artist's Road...a practical, informative, and inspirational site for artists

John Austin Hanna and Bryce Cameron Liston at the RS Hanna Gallery. Hanna received the Donors' Award of Excellence for his painting Summer Cool during the OPA awards ceremony. Liston is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and currently is a featured artist at the Hanna gallery

It was nice to finally meet John Hanna. We were both illustrators in Dallas during the '70's. He was one of Dallas' best. I admired his work then...and now he's an OPA award winner. Also enjoyed meeting so many fellow artists...enjoying paintings first hand of artists I've admired for a long time.

With my painting Road to Tularosa at Insight Gallery during the OPA National Salon

Congratulations to all the winners. It's an amazing achievement to win anything in a show of this caliber.

To view all the winners, click HERE.

Other important sites:

Insight Gallery

The Artist's Road

RS Hanna Gallery

John Hanna website

Jeff Legg

Bryce Liston website

Southwest Art magazine

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