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10 Texas Artists Who Explore the Beauty of the Lone Star State

Laurie Pace,Robin Cheers, David Forks

Popular thought about the Lone Star State includes cowboys and deserts, football and heat, but Texas is much deeper than stereotypes may have led some to believe. The natural wonders of Texas have inspired hundreds of artists around the state to create stunning and intricate works of art, many of which are now displayed in galleries all over the nation. So if you think art only lives in New York or Paris, think again. Here are just a few of the many incredible Texas artists you may or may not know.

Kyle Wood

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Dallas native Kyle Wood works with oil on canvas to create his beautiful works of Texas landscapes.

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“I like to develop paintings that speak and capture the beauty of Texas and beyond. Most of my ideas originate from photographs that I have taken during travel experiences on vacation and at leisure. With a keen interest in architecture, history, and nature, my art focuses on landscapes and historical architecture. My goal for the viewer is to step into my paintings and find a place to escape to that is charming, serene, peaceful, and romantic,” Kyle informed me.

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You can see more of his work on his website.

Debbie Grayson Lincoln

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“I am 59 years old and have been an artist since my maternal grandmother put a paint brush in my hand,” Debbie Grayson Lincoln says on her blog. “I live on a farm. I paint when I’m not milking the cows, tending the chickens, hoeing the garden or eating the fruits of our labors. I believe God has had a hand in where I am now, and my life is devoted to making the most of it,” Lincoln continues.

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Lincoln’s farm in Morgan Mill, Texas, inspires most of her work. As I was communicating with her she was busy tending to the flooding they’d endured from all the rain this past week.

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You can learn more about her work on her blog.

Deran Wright

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Fort Worth born bronze sculptor Deran Wright is a fifth generation Texan who has been creating custom specific bronze sculptures for the past 37 years.

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Wright has over a dozen works in the DFW area and even presented a sculpture to former President George Herbert Walker Bush as a memorial to Christa McAulife and the NASA Challenger crew in the Rose Garden at the White House in 1990.

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You can see more of his works on his website.

David Forks

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San Antonio native David Forks is an oil painter who specializes in landscapes of the beautiful Texas countryside.

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“I am inspired to paint by the Rugged beauty of the Texas hill country and the Texas Trans Pecos including the Big Bend region. I seek an organic feel to my paintings, working somewhere between true Impressionism and realism. I work my paintings over and over until I find an overall balance and harmony within the piece. They are done when nothing within the painting bothers me any more,” David told me via email.

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You can see more of his works on his website.

SEE ALSO: 11 Gorgeous Natural Wonders in Texas

Dawn Waters Baker

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Dawn Waters Baker was selected as the 2015 Artist in Residence for Big Bend National Park for the month of November, and her work has been featured in galleries in Dallas, New York, Tulsa, Scottsdale and Philadelphia.

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“I like to think of my work as a glimpse of the mystery. The metaphors of life held in branches, cloud wisps and water. There is something that compels me to paint, not what is literally seen but what is felt. For me, the window into the spiritual is nature. It seems to be the image that I am invited to pass through into something much richer, deeper and full of beauty,” Baker has said of her art.

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You can view more of her work on her website.

V….Vaughan

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Austin-based impressionist painter V….Vaughan has been painting oil on canvas since 2000. A part-time art teacher, she has taught art at various high schools in the Austin area as well as hosting painting workshops that anyone can take. V….Vaughan’s work grew to prominence after her “Last Year on the Farm” series where she painted a new work every day for a year. To sign up for a workshop, send her an email.

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“I prefer shapes to lines but my finished work is oil. Over the years I gravitated to the category of western and wildlife. With ‘Last Year on the farm’ I painted every day of the last year I spent on the farm (where she raised her family) and posted it on the blog, and that kinda got me on the map as far as fine art, it got me into some shows and into some galleries.” Vaughan said.

You can see more of her work on her website.

 Laurie Pace

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Artist is only one of the many talents of the beautiful Laurie Pace. The Dallas-based painter is the founder and original Executive Editor of Visual Language Magazine. She has also founded four artist groups including Artists of Texas.

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Among Pace’s storied career she has been a runway model and a musician, as well as spending 10 years working at an advertising agency.

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Steve Sonnen of Miranda Fine Art has said of Pace’s work, “Viewing a Laurie Pace Painting is a rich experience that drips with color and emotion.  Her passionate works are alive with movement and texture boldly created with a palette knife. Constantly pushing the edge, she loves working in oils, dramatically carving out the thick paint, fluid with color and bursting with energy.”

You can view more of her work on her website.

Janice Anderson and Bob Jones

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The two Hill Country dwelling artists that make up Bob Creek Studios were married couple Janice Anderson and Bob Jones. Before his untimely passing last year, Jones had spent his life in pursuit of art, and had taught art at the University of Texas and Texas Lutheran University. Janice and Bob are mixed media artists, employing collage and assemblage as well as sculpture and drawing.

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“Assemblage is found parts put together to make a new whole, it’s about composition. If you can make it balanced with good rhythm and good culture, then it becomes an assemblage. Whereas collage is made of paper, assemblage has dimension to it and it hangs on the wall,” Anderson explained to me.

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Jones took much inspiration from the Texas Hill Country where he did his work, and explained some of his art on his website, Outdoor Sculpture creates the suggestion of an environment for the viewer but the Art is always dwarfed by the splendor of nature.” 

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Anderson’s scenes from a western opera combine American Western culture with classical Greek art to create a unique collection.

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On her website Anderson explains, “‘Scenes From A Western Opera’ was conceived as a marriage of the newly formed country – America – and elements of classical antiquity.  The ancients had a cultural and architectural heritage but the Americans had to create their own.  In ancient Greece it was common for famous entities to be represented in their architecture.  It would be understandable for these representations to occur in a newly developing culture,”

You can see more of Janice and Bob’s work on their website.

SEE ALSO: This Cowboy Makes Incredible Sculptures From Old Farm Tools

Robin Cheers

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Robin Cheers began taking painting classes in the early 90’s and has been painting full time, professionally for 15 years. She helped found the local artists group Plein Air Austin.

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“I work in oils. I love them – everything from the smell to the feel of the paint on the palette and how the colors mix. There are endless possibilities when working in oils. The paint can be thinned down and painted transparently like watercolor, or layered to build up rich textural brushstrokes.” Cheers told me.

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You can see more of her work on her website.

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