Art In All Mediums
Gold Leaf Gallery has the largest collection of Fine Art in Tyler. We represent a wide range of artists, including local artists throughout East Texas. We also have selections of fine art from nationally renowned artists and internationally recognized artists, as well as a timeless collection of Western Art by many of the most well known Western masters.
In the A – H section, we have wood carver Jim Day, sculptor Stacy Deslatte, western master Dan Bodelson, Spanish surrealist painter Salvidor Dali, and many others.
In the I – Z category, we have “the painter of light” Thomas Kincade, East Texas artist Becky Martin, western master G. Harvey, Texas impressionist George H. Jones, and many others.
We also have pop artist David Willardson, English painter John Stobart, western master R.S. Riddick, abstract expressionist Victor Thall, and many others.
We hope you will enjoy browsing our collection of Fine Art and learning about the artists we represent.
Fine Art by Artists A – H
Dan spent his childhood growing up in Colorado and New Mexico. Dan was born in Minnesota in 1949. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, NM, Dan went to California to pursue his studies in art at California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, where he graduated with a BFA in 1972. After graduating, he worked briefly as an illustrator in San Francisco. He left his illustrating career in San Francisco after a year, as his love for painting pulled him back to Santa Fe where he has lived and painted ever sense.
Dan’s subject matter includes the American Indian and their lives, scenes of past and present from western life, subtle landscapes, and delicate still lifes. Dan’s imagination is kindled by Western literature as well as the natural beauty, which surrounds him. Dan and his family, wife Patty, and daughters Danielle and Gabrielle travel quite a bit and Dan has painted on most all these trips to the Bahamas, BVI’s, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and many other wonderful places.
Dan’s work is found in many outstanding private and corporate collections. His work has been shown from New York to Los Angles at places such as The Art League of New York (special award for painting), The Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, in Los Angles CA., The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN, The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK., Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico, Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum (which bought a painting for its permanent collection), The New Mexico Governors Gallery at the State Capital in Santa Fe, NM., Santa Fe Fine Arts Museum, The Haley Library in Midland Texas, The Denver Rotary Artist of America show in Denver CO., He has been featured in select publications including The New York Times, Business Week, Art of the West, Southwest Art. Colorado Cowboay, The Santa Fean, Cpwboys & Indians, the book Contemporary Western Artist and others. One of his paintings was selected for the Santa Fe Opera poster.
Since the early 1970’s, Dan has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows. He also has a select few support organization like The Children Museum in Santa Fe, and The Kidney Foundation of New Mexico, that he donates his art for their fund raising efforts.
Don Bristow is a fractal artist who lives in Bullard, Texas. CHAOTICA is the name given to his collection of contemporary wall art derived from mathematics and presented on aluminum and acrylic. The name CHAOTICA comes from the 20th century field of mathematics Chaos Theory.
CHAOTICA is a high-tech choice for modern, contemporary residential and commercial wall decor. Finished pieces consist of one to six panels, and the size of each panel ranges from 24″ square to 48″ square. Even larger panels are available on acrylic.
Bristow maintains a great deal of discipline in his work and hopes to help lead the fractal art form out of its infancy and into wider acceptance. Because it can stimulate minds and trigger new ideas, CHAOTICA is an excellent choice for upscale commercial interiors, especially lobbies and conference rooms. It has been show to appeal to people in a wide range of ages, professions and interests.
Bristow’s work has been featured in BSCENE Magazine (November 2014), Tyler Morning Telegraph (July 7, 2015), The Commercial Real Estate Network – Atlanta (March 2014), The Commercial Real Estate Network – Dallas (June 2014), and While-U-Wait Magazine (November, 2010). CHAOTICA has been exhibited at 14 venues since its launch in 2008. Prior to 2008, Bristow’s fine art photography was exhibited 19 times.
A wide selection of size, framing and mounting options is available, so call Gold Leaf Gallery to talk about your application.
Herb and his wife, Clara moved to Tyler, Texas in June 2003 after retiring as a church pastor and school counselor. He is now concentrating on establishing himself in the East Texas art world. Herb specializes in capturing wildlife and western subjects in his paintings. He uses several mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor to depict the ranch work in which he has participated over the years. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves painting wildlife scenes as well.
A native of Texas, he spent 40 years in New Mexico. He took his first formal oil painting lessons when he was 12 years old from Hazel Brunner, and years later he took art classes at the College of the Mainland in Texas City, the University of Texas-Permian Basin and New Mexico Junior College. He has completed watercolor workshops with Michael McCullough, Jon Birdsong, Warren Cullar, Bill Hughes, Naomi Brotherton and Raleigh Kinney. He recently completed two workshops with Joseph Zbukvic, a master watercolorist from Australia, in April, 2009 and 2010. He has completed oil painting workshops with George Hallmark, Qiang Huang, Bruce Peil, Rusty Jones and Jimmy Dyer.
Herb has received a number of awards in various art shows in New Mexico and Texas, and was honored as artist of the year for KENW public TV in 2000. He has been a Ducks Unlimited and Elk Foundation artist and is represented in both private and corporate collections in the U.S. and a private collection in England. He had a one-man showing at the New Mexico State Fair Art Gallery in 1980. He was also featured in the Artists of New Mexico IV book. He was a charter member of the American Plains Artists and has been a member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and is currently a member of the Southwest Watercolor Society, Outdoor Painter’s Society and American Plains Artists.
Herb currently teaches Oil painting and watercolor classes at the west campus of Tyler Jr. College. He also schedules workshops and demonstrates for art associations and civic organizations. He has been privileged to judge a number of art shows in Texas, New Mexico and in Arkansas.
I create fine art paintings using art canvas, antique architectural items, ceiling tins, and wood. I use many different antiquing processes to create a unique painting that has age and character. I also paint custom art by special request.
I began painting with my grandmother when I was a little girl and have been painting seriously for the last 15 years. I have studied art at the Southwest Museum of Art, Midland, Tx. Baylor University, and workshops in Jackson, Mississippi.
Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali I Domenech was born at 8:45 on the morning of May 11, 1904 in the small agricultural town of Figueres, Spain. Figueres is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, only sixteen miles from the French border in the principality of Catalonia. The son of a prosperous notary, Dali spent his boyhood in Figueres and at the family’s summer home in the coastal fishing village of Cadaques where his parents built his first studio. As an adult, he made his home with his wife Gala in nearby Port Lligat. Many of his paintings reflect his love of this area of Spain.
The young Dali attended the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. Early recognition of Dali’s talent came with his first one-man show in Barcelona in 1925. He became internationally known when three of his paintings, including The Basket of Bread (now in the Museum’s collection), were shown in the third annual Carnegie International Exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1928.
The following year, Dali held his first one-man show in Paris. He also joined the surrealists, led by former Dadaist Andre Breton. That year, Dali met Gala Eluard when she visited him in Cadaques with her husband, poet Paul Eluard. She became Dali’s lover, muse, business manager, and chief inspiration.
Dali soon became a leader of the Surrealist Movement. His painting, The Persistance of Memory, with the soft or melting watches is still one of the best-known surrealist works. But as the war approached, the apolitical Dali clashed with the Surrealists and was “expelled” from the surrealist group during a “trial” in 1934. He did however, exhibit works in international surrealist exhibitions throughout the decade but by 1940, Dali was moving into a new type of painting with a preoccupation with science and religion.
Dali and Gala escaped from Europe during World War II, spending 1940-48 in the United States. These were very important years for the artist. The Museum of Modern Art in New York gave Dali his first major retrospective exhibit in 1941. This was followed in 1942 by the publication of Dali’s autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dali.
As Dali moved away from Surrealism and into his classic period, he began his series of 19 large canvases, many concerning scientific, historical or religious themes. Among the best known of these works are The Hallucinogenic Toreador, and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in the museum’s collection, and The Sacrament of the Last Supper in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
In 1974, Dali opened the Teatro Museo in Figueres, Spain. This was followed by retrospectives in Paris and London at the end of the decade. After the death of his wife, Gala in 1982, Dali’s health began to fail. It deteriorated further after he was burned in a fire in his home in Pubol in 1984. Two years later, a pace-maker was implanted. Much of this part of his life was spent in seclusion, first in Pubol and later in his apartments at Torre Galatea, adjacent to the Teatro Museo. Salvador Dali died on January 23, 1989 in Figueres from heart failure with respiratory complications.
As an artist, Salvador Dali was not limited to a particular style or media. The body of his work, from early impressionist paintings through his transitional surrealist works, and into his classical period, reveals a constantly growing and evolving artist. Dali worked in all media, leaving behind a wealth of oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, and sculptures, films, photographs, performance pieces, jewels and objects of all descriptions. As important, he left for posterity the permission to explore all aspects of one’s own life and to give them artistic expression.
Whether working from pure inspiration or on a commissioned illustration, Dali’s matchless insight and symbolic complexity are apparent. Above all, Dali was a superb draftsman. His excellence as a creative artist will always set a standard for the art of the twentieth century.
Stacy Deslatte is a native of Belleville, Illinois and attended The University of Tulsa where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and a quiet interest in three-dimensional art. While pursuing her career in Chemical Engineering with Eastman Chemical Company and raising her three children she became a self-taught naturalist and nature observer and sought creative outlets. A few years before leaving her two decades long engineering career in 2001, she began some independent study and practice in the field of stone carving and sculpture. She since then has attended workshops including those of Western & Wildlife Arts and sculptor Bobbe Gentry and is mentored by master sculptor Bill Snow. Stacy has been a full time sculptor since 2001.
Derk has more then 150 limited edition lithographs and collector prints plus several dozen limited edition collector plates to his credit. There are also scores of incentive and special commission art products on the market bearing his name. Thousands of collectors worldwide enjoy his work. Admirers and peers alike are always looking forward to the new projects that emanate from Derk’s Saddle Tramp Studio.
He has managed to stay as elusive to the public as some of the wildlife he so beautifully represents in his work. If you are looking for him, you will not find this artist in the main stream of the art world. A cattle drive, working young horses in the round pen or hanging out with his cowboy friends playing his guitar, is more his style.
One day he might be in Africa on safari doing field work for new paintings, or you might find him working on a documentary video in the rugged mountains of New Zealand. Then again, you could find him studying bald eagles in the wilds of Alaska or researching for a humpback whale painting off the island of Hawaii.
Since 1982 Derk joins his buddies as a stunt man and actor as they reenact the defeat of the notorious James Younger Gang by the citizens of Northfield, Minnesota. Here, Derk has left his mark by creating a set of seven pencil drawings depicting this historic event of September 7th 1876. Maybe you spotted him as one of the wranglers in the Great American Cattle Drive of 1995 from Fort Worth, Texas to Miles City, Montana or bumped into him on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska preparing material for a painting of the giant brown bear native to the Island.
G. Harvey and his images have influenced a worldwide enthusiasm and demand for contemporary American art for a generation. Few artists have intrigued and captivated art collectors as widely as the celebrated painter, G. Harvey. During his storied career, G. Harvey has painted turn-of-the-century America as no other artist. His scenes are warm, thoughtful portraits of our country’s bustling cities in a more genteel era and outstanding Western sagas of working cowhands at home in rugged landscapes.
Gerald Harvey Jones, known to his patrons and peers as G. Harvey, grew up in the rugged hills in Central Texas where herds of longhorn cattle were driven along the dusty trails. This background has been the inspiration for the artist’s commitment to portraying the spirit of America. Through his art, our country’s history lives. Harvey restores all those memories, sights, sounds, and emotions. With his ability to capture the drama, light, and feeling of a moment, the artist brings the heart of his painting to the viewer.
G. Harvey is not only an extraordinary painter, but an accomplished sculptor. His original works and bronze sculptures are in the collections of major corporations, prestigious museums, American presidents, governors, foreign leaders, and captains of industry. The artist has been the recipient of innumerable awards and the subject of four books. Harvey has been honored with one-man shows at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives in Washington, D. C.
The artist’s original paintings are represented in major galleries. His annual, one-man shows are consistent sell-outs where Harvey collectors come from all around the country to view and compete to own an outstanding work by the artist.
G. Harvey lives in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with his wife, Pat, where they enjoy living near their children and grandchildren. A studio adjacent to his home is a sanctuary for creating the paintings that his legions of devoted collectors eagerly anticipate with each new work. G. Harvey’s work reminds us that the world has changed very much and very little; country lanes and city streets are still romantic. It is, after all, from living in the present that the artist draws inspiration for the past.
im Hill was born and raised in rural New England. She began studying with Sidney F. Willis, a Boston School artist, at age 16. This experience set in stone her desire to pursue and develop her lifetime love of painting.
Her formal education includes study at the Paier School of Art (Hamden, CT.), the American Academy of Art (Chicago, IL.), and the Atelier (Minneapolis, MN.).
Kim is equally gifted in working with oil, pastel, acrylic and graphite. She currently has membership in the Oil Painters of America, signature membership in Pastel Society of the Southwest, and the American Women Artists. Her work is shown at the Dutch Art Gallery, Dallas, TX, the R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX, and The Frame Up, Tyler, TX. This past year Kim’s work was shown in Oil Painters of America national competition, as well as the American Women Artists national competition.
Paula was born and raised in the small West Texas town of Slaton. She has been interested in art since her early pre-school days of drawing her own paper dolls and designing their clothes. Coming from an artistic family she always had help and instruction from her mother, father, and older sister. She learned at an early age about perspective, shadows, colors, etc. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1968 with a B.A. in Math and Art. She began painting in oils in the 70’s whenever she could squeeze in the time from her full time job of teaching secondary math. Paula taught in Texas public schools for 33 years the last 5 of which she taught computer graphics. In June of 2000 she retired from teaching and soon after began to devote her energies to her oil painting.
Paula has worked with watercolor, acrylic, photography, and clay sculpture but feels she has found her perfect medium with oils. She is interested in a wide variety of subject matter feeling that the variety helps her work stay fresh and exciting. Many of her paintings are of places that she and her husband, John visited on their extensive travels. She is a member of the Palette of Roses Art League in Tyler, Texas and the Mineola League of the Arts in Mineola, Texas. She enjoys attending workshops to gain new ideas and perspectives. She has studied under Nancy Berkhouse of Tyler and Nationally known artist Bruce Peil of Athens as well as workshops with Ann Templeton, Bob Rohm, Rusty Jones, and Jimmy Dyer. She has won numerous awards at both the Palette of Roses Art Show and the Mineola League of the Arts show.
I believe in letting the subject and the feel of the painting dictate the style that I use on any particular work ranging from realism to impressionism. I enjoy trying to recreate the mood and emotions that I felt as I looked at a scene. With my portraits my goal is to create a work that will generate a warm tug on the heart of the observer as they gaze at the image of their loved one. With my landscapes I hope that the viewers will enjoy the beautiful scenery that nature has to offer and feel the peace and wonder of our beautiful world.
Don Hollis is a mechanical design engineer, botanist, ornithologist, naturalist, and now ceramic artist. He uses his life skills to create a unique art form, one from the natural world he lives in.
Don gathers and processes local raw “wild” clay from the Eocene period formations found at the surface in his area. He uses only hand building methods to form his work. Starting from a base with a pinched slab, he then coil builds his work to the top of the piece. The work is smoothed with a flexible rib as he goes. His sculptures are hollow with the wall thickness about a quarter on an inch. He develops and mixes his own glazes. The work is wood fired in a cross draft kiln using oak wood. Don does not use electricity for his craft, only his labor and the resources given to him by Mother Nature. It’s a uniquely “green” art form indeed.
Don’s ceramic adventure began as an experiment to learn how to make a simple bowl from the clay of a nearby creek bed. He made fast progress learning to perfect his technique and style. His art took a dramatic turn when he was introduced to the abstract sculptures of Kenneth Price. Free formed abstracts became his obsession. Bored with production and no longer bound by vessel symmetry, he enjoys making asymmetrical shapes, blending curves and incorporating the natural form of birds, plants and the female form into his work. Inspired by Picasso’s Cubism style, he blends sharp edges and facets with flowing sensuous curves to sculpt torsos.
Don is motivated and inspired by the work and critiques of fellow artists which drive him to create something new. He constantly challenges the limitations of his methods and materials. His work is designed and balanced with sensuous shapes and provocative abstractions to stir the imagination of the viewer. His goal is to trigger thoughts and emotions, like the ones that daydreams are made from.
Fine Art by Artists I – Z
- Joan Iverson
- George H. Jones
- Max Jones
- Matt Kaplinsky
- Thomas Kinkade
- Bobbye Koncak
- Dick Lawrence
- Yvette Leighgeber
- Becky Martin
- Angela Moreland
- Rita Morris
- Maria Palacios
- Leonard Reedy
- R.S. Riddick
- Charles Robertson
- Jo Rowland
- Elizabeth S.
- Van Harold Scott
- Tyler Shelton
- Robert Summers
- John Stobart
- Trevor Swanson
- Victor Thall
- W. R. Thrasher
- Natalie Tolar
George H. Jones
George Hill Jones was born in 1956 in Dallas, Texas. George has been drawing and painting basically his whole life since going to the principal’s office in the first grade for drawing the Beatles.
George applies a large amount of paint on most of his work and is a combination brush and palette knife painter. His art takes on a 3-D look with the use of large chunks of fresh paint. His color pallet has consisted of bright, contrasting colors and his paintings are positive and are meant for people to view and feel good about the world around them.
George wants to inspire people and give them a very optimistic and upbeat mood after viewing his work. “I want my work to reach out to people and just make them happy,” he says. “There is way too much sadness in the world. I believe most people are looking for things that will bring them up to a better place or mood or perhaps help them escape from their daily lives.”
George H. Jones began his career as an artist at a very early age, creating graphite renderings and painting in watercolors but soon progressed to oils, a medium he has adopted for the last 25 years. A lifetime resident of Texas, George is one of a limited number of established artists whose body of work captivates the attention of private and public collectors across the country. Working in large format, Jones’ paintings invoke eccentricity through the use of impressionist shapes and color.
Max Jones is a self-taught abstract artist born and raised in Dallas TX. Max’s artistic journey began almost accidentally in his early days as a gallery owner where he featured other people’s art. A publisher of a design magazine happened to notice an unfinished painting in the back of Max’s studio where he painted as a hobby. She commissioned a piece for herself that day with the agreement that Max would put a piece of his own work out in the gallery for sale. That first piece sold almost immediately and the rest as they say is history…Max has spent the last decade honing his signature style which is a relaxed ethereal blending of colors inspired primarily from nature. He works intuitively, adding layer upon layer until the final image reveals itself. Max’s work is featured in many private and commercial collections throughout the U.S. He lives and paints in Dallas, TX.
Matt Kaplinsky is an established North Texas artist who has been painting since 1991. Self taught, Matt has applied his love of the environment to the concepts he works out in original canvas paintings.
Occasionally, one may find reference to modern art and interior design in his derivations of natural forms that quote one or more of his favorite artists.
Matt’s inspiration comes from nature and mid-twentieth century contemporary artists, and are frequently the choice of interior design jobs that require fine art to complete an aesthetic.
(American, 1958 – 2012)
Thomas Kinkade wrote, “My mission as an artist is to create glimpses of a world that is tranquil, peaceful and full of the beauty of God’s creation. That’s what I mean when I talk about Sharing The Light.”
Thomas Kinkade is America’s most collected artist. Coming from a modest background, Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his paintings. As a devout Christian, Kinkade used his gift as a vehicle to communicate and spread inherent life-affirming values.
A key feature of Thomas Kinkade’s paintings are their glowing highlights and saturated pastel colors.
Rendered in a naturalistic American Scene Painting values, his works often portray bucolic, idyllic settings such as gardens, streams, stone cottages, and Main Streets. His hometown of Placerville, CA (where his works are omnipresent) is the setting of many of his street and snow scenes.
He has also depicted various Christian themes including the Christian cross and churches.
Mr. Lawrence is a disabled Korean war veteran from Lindale, Texas. His sculptures are, one of a kind, animal reproductions, with no duplications or copies available.
His choice of wood for his works are of a special wood from upper state New York, which allows the most intricate and accurate reproduction of each of his carvings.
His unique works are found in the prestigious Gold Leaf Gallery in Tyler, Texas. He has won many awards and ribbons at various art shows across the State of Texas.
Artist Yvette Leihgeber expresses the figure through a unique series of original paintings, drawings and sculpture.
Capturing her subjects in a variety of settings.. Ballet Series ~ Cafe` Series ~ Beach Series ~ Charcoals, Leihgeber explores their many physical and emotional states.
B. Martin thrives on creativity. She has studied numerous art techniques and is especially fond of the ancient Japanese method of fish printing known as Gyotaku.
As a contemporary abstract artist, she works primarily with acrylics and foils on large-scale canvases. Through her unique method of layering, various qualities of luminous light, vivid color and energy are unveiled. Unafraid of strong color she submerges emotionally into the painting process. The final artwork brings energy to the viewer.
B. Martin is an East Texas based artist that lives in the Tyler area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Leonard Reedy was born in Chicago in 1899. As a child he developed an aptitude for drawing, attempting to reproduce the style and subject matter of Frederic Remington, the dominant western illustrator of the first half of the twentieth century. Leonard Reedy filled the margins of his school books with drawings and, when he was old enough, enrolled in the Chicago Institute and Academy of Fine Arts.
Leonard Reedy lived in a variety of locales in the forests of the Midwest, the mountains of the West and the desert of the Southwest. Leonard Reedy traveled with Indian tribes and lived in timber camps, working long hours of hard manual labor, and depicted the sites of this kind of lifestyle. Known as “Chicago’s Cowboy Painter,” most of Leonard Reedy’s public pieces reside in restaurants in the Chicagoland area, with which he traded for food.
R. S. Riddick has been described as an artist’s artist. His masterful skill in the use of the tools of his trade (paint, brushes, & canvas) combined with his knowledge understanding of his subjects (light, color, anatomy, motion, & atmosphere) allow him to achieve the excellence he strives toward in his work. He brings it all together with his gift of artistic talent to create some of the most beautiful works of art today.
A versatile visionary; a master of design, color and light; seeker of excellence – these are R. S. Riddick. He portrays the truth and beauty of life in its infinite variety. He believes that art should be emotional; it should touch the human spirit and affirm humanity. When asked why he paints such a vast selection of imagery, he answers “I feel that an artist should remain faithful to creating art that speaks about the things he loves. For me, life is a visual feast and I hope to savor its abundance to the fullest.” Ron has dedicated his life to the pursuit of uncompromised excellence in his art. His loyalty to this end is evident. He continues to challenge himself. “I will always remain a student, working toward growth and refinement in my art and in my life.”
Born in 1952 in Santa Monica, California, he realized at a young age that he was destined to be an artist. His family and teachers encouraged his unique natural gifts and ability. Ron went on to study art in college at the renowned Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He studied the fundamental disciplines of fine art. A formal education in classical training was not easily available, so Ron set out with firm resolve to teach himself. He made in depth studies of the schools of realism and impressionism. He researched the traditional Russian school of art and, painted with the gifted Russian artist Sergei Bongart. Ron’s teachers were primarily those master artists from an era gone by. The legacy of their art was to be his inspiration.
“When an artist succeeds in bringing together in harmony – creative ideals and commitment to growth, great things happen.”
Robert Temple Summers, II was born on August 13, 1940 in Cleburne, Texas. He began creating figures and animals with bread dough at the age of two, was painting and doing pencil sketches by school age, graduating to oil at the age of nine.
Summers has had no formal art training, save a short course in mixing colors at age 15, where he was told a short time later that he had surpassed his instructor and was wasting his time there. He began professionally to explore his God-given talent in 1964. Since that time he has worked in various mediums including; Egg and Acrylic Tempera, Oil, Dry-brush Watercolor, Pastel and Pencil. He is equally talented with wax and clay, currently dividing his time between painting and sculpting. He describes his flat work as “painterly”.
Summers resides in his boyhood home of Glen Rose, Texas with his wife Boo, working with him are two of their three sons. Robert serves as Associate Director of the Creation Evidence Museum and has traveled to Turkey and New Guinea on expeditions in that capacity. Summers plays bagpipes, practices falconry, sings Contemporary Christian music, has played lead rolls in several professional productions and he loves wildlife and the cowboy spirit of the small Texas town.
Born in Leicester, England, John Stobart was the second son of a pharmacist and a mother who died giving birth to him. He was raised by his maternal grandmother and various housekeepers, and he showed an early aptitude for creativity but a lack of interest in academic learning. His low grades but apparent flair for drawing persuaded his father to enroll him in Derby College of Art in September, 1946.
John Stobart Suddenly fascinated by a new and more relaxed environment, Stobart took to the change like a duck to water, achieving high honors and a county scholarship to London’s prestigious Royal Academy Schools, being one of only four students accepted that year. John Constable, J.W.M. Turner and many other British painters had studied in those same hallowed halls.
Although interrupted by the obligatory national service (in Stobart’s case the R.A.E), he enjoyed the wealth of inspiration offered by nearby museums and galleries. Stobart used his five years at the Academy – as Henry Rushbury, then Keeper at the R.A. wrote in a testimonial, to “work with tireless enthusiasm to develop his powers.”
Realizing fairly early in his student days that an essential part of becoming a professional artist would be to achieve sales of his work, he began to exhibit small landscapes painted in the countryside outside London and along the river Thames. He found comfort in the fact that each sold fairly readily.
Upon graduation from the R.A. Schools, Stobart embarked on a voyage to South Africa to visit his father who, in 1950, had purchased a pharmacy in Bulawayo, – Southern Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe) – starting out on a new adventure at age 59. It was during this voyage, that the young artist came up with a novel idea. Gathering material, making sketches in each of the twelve exotic ports the passenger-cargo vessel put into, John Stobart realized new horizons. If he could borrow plans for new vessels being built, he could best take advantage of all that he had carefully observed in these exotic ports. Using his volume of sketches as background settings, and knowing these vessels could not be photographed, Stobart surmised that there would be a strong chance that paintings of the new ships would be attractive to the owners. The original paintings would be suitable for board room displays, and the prints could be used on calendars that each shipping company sent out annually. The idea worked well. Within two years his paintings of ships in foreign ports were decorating some fifteen shipping company board rooms in London.
Unhappy with the class prejudice he was experiencing in London, Stobart emigrated to Canada in 1957 at the suggestion of a Canadian lawyer who had been buying some of his Thames riverscapes. For the following ten years, he developed the interest of shipping companies along the St. Lawrence River, returning to England each year where Stobart kept a home in Farnham, Surrey, in order to meet the demands of the customer base he had established previously. Always hoping to paint the era of merchant sail, the opportunity arose in 1965. By that time he had a family with three children. Renting a house outside Toronto, home city of the lawyer who had inspired Stobart’s move West, he ran into a dedicated admirer who had been collecting reproductions of his work for years. This gentleman, curator of the Maritime Museum of Upper Canada, gave his every effort to assist the young artist to become knowledgeable in the history of sail.
It was later in 1965, that John Stobart first visited the United States with four paintings of sailing ships, carefully wrapped up in brown paper and tied with string, under his arm. His idea was to see New York and find out what reaction there might be to his new paintings among four carefully chosen galleries. The same day he arrived in New York he was offered a one-man show by the Wunderlich family who had founded, and then owned, Kennedy Galleries. The Wunderlichs encouraged Stobart to pursue his notion to recreate the American harbor scene in the days of the great clipper era. This was a subject Stobart had discovered had hardly been attempted by contemporary artists of that time. Over the subsequent fifteen years, the Wunderlichs gave him seven one man shows, all virtual sell-outs.
Seeing his large new originals disappear into private collections throughout the United States, Stobart initiated the idea of publishing limited edition prints of his more important works. He did this so that many more people than the originals’ owners could appreciate these documents of scenes that no longer existed. Stobart established Maritime Heritage Prints, Inc. in 1976 feeling that the highest quality of production could only be assured if he himself remained in control. Believing in the importance of regular communication with collectors of his prints, he also publishes a semiannual newsletter titled “Palette Scrapings.” This news bulletin advises his clientele about forthcoming print editions, new originals in progress, books in the works and gallery openings. In 1986 a large format book on his work titled, “STOBART, The Rediscovery of America’s Maritime Heritage” was published by E. P. Dutton, New York, displaying some seventy-five major paintings in what amounts to an exhibition in portfolio form.
Perpetually concerned about the aspiring art student in America in today’s world, with the art establishment’s heavy influence remaining biased against the traditional teaching of the fundamentals in drawing and painting, the artist, in 1989, created “The Stobart Foundation.” This was funded by the profits of his publishing business for the purpose of awarding scholarships to qualified students who excel in outdoor on-site painting in oil on canvas. While continuing his popular series of paintings of the historic ports of America, Stobart has, since 1987, returned to the practice of painting contemporary outdoor subjects whenever possible. It is within this field of effort that John Stobart believes every landscape painter’s ultimate contribution lies.
Acclaimed by critics and collectors alike, Trevor V. Swanson is one of the most gifted and promising wildlife artists in the world today. Coming from a long line of talented artists, Trevor is a brilliant example of inspired talent passing from one generation to another. Trevor started painting at a very young age. Almost intuitively, he acquired an appreciation for the realism detail and value systems essential to wildlife rendering. Through patient study, he further mastered the technical skills needed to create truly outstanding works of art.
Trevor began his professional career at the remarkable age of 20, and was quickly recognized for his artistic prowess. Within a few years, his paintings were hanging in some of the world’s most prestigious art shows, museums and private collections. By the age of 25, he had won several artistic competitions, including the coveted “Artist of the Year” award from the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep. As a result of his exceptional talent, Trevor’s reputation has soared to an early prominence in the world of fine art.
An avid outdoorsman, Trevor never goes far without a camera or sketch pad. For Trevor, the creative process begins with the insight and emotional response he gleans directly from wild animals in their natural settings. In his quest for subject matter, Trevor has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Africa. His intense desire to capture rare and beautiful moments in nature has taken him to the extremes of geography. This includes the highest cliffs of Canada, the hottest deserts of Mexico and the deepest swamplands of Africa. His enthusiasm for his subjects has, at times, brought Trevor too close for comfort. Over the years, he’s been charged by hippos, chased be crocodiles, and tossed into the air by a cape buffalo. He’s even felt the rumble of an active volcano. To Trevor, however, this kind of peril is just part of the adventure that comprises his art. “Anyone who has encountered a wolf eye-to-eye in the wilderness can tell you its exhilarating” says Trevor. “Nothing compares to the grandeur of an eagle perched high atop a snow-covered mountain, a sinewy leopard creeping like a shadow across a dry desert, or a magnificent bear effortlessly running across a muddy sandbar. These are the sights and sensations that inspire the most powerful images on canvas.”
While Trevor begins his exploration in the wilderness he pursues a much deeper discovery on canvas. On one level, his artwork celebrates the majesty of untamed wildlife and beauty of unspoiled environments. On another level, it expresses a keen sense of the drama and emotion found only in the wilderness. On yet another level, through its intense realism, Trevor’s art captures that briefest moment in time when nature reveals her spirit. “I paint realistically, because the beauty of life is in the little things. The multi-colored moss growing on the rock where a wolf is standing, the light beaming through trees branches onto the fur of a bear; these are the details that breathe life into the painting. I try hard to portray these subtle elements of tone and mood because they complete the story being told.”
Trevor’s paintings also reflect his pervasive philosophy on mankind’s place within nature. “I see humans as the caretakers of our planet,” explains Trevor. “It is our obligation to preserve the Earth’s delicate balance for future generation. And the first step is opening our eyes to all its mystery and wonder. There is so much beauty in the world as it is, mine is the task of capturing that beauty to show other what we have to lose.” Meticulous and masterful, Trevor Swanson is already an important force thin the world of wildlife art. Motivated by his enduring passion, Trevor will continue to pursue his artistic gift, painting the sensational images of nature that touch our hearts, and stay in our mind’s eye forever. “I love to lose myself in the rich color and vivid detail of my own brush strokes and discover only later where it has taken me. It gets more exciting all the time. I also love to see the response people have to my work. While sometimes nerve-wracking, it is always deeply rewarding to see how much someone enjoys a painting that I have put my heart into.
Trevor Swanson makes his home in Phoenix, Arizona with wife Jennifer, and two children, son Connor and daughter Devon.
Victor Thall, an Abstract Expressionist and member of the original New York school.
At the age of eleven, Victor Thall was enrolled at the Student’s Art League, its youngest member. In the 1920s while a student in France Thall met Henri Matisse at his home. He also taught at the Student Arts League in the late 40s.
Robert Coates, critic for the New Yorker recognized the artistic of Thall at the 1949 Whitney Museum’s Annual of Contemporary American painting exhibition when he wrote, “The level of work is credibly high, and although there are a few outstanding pieces, there are a heartening number that are distinctly above average, among those I like the best… Victor Thall’s, The Waterfall, the Max Beckman Nice, Boulevards des Anglais and George Prestopino’ small, red and jolly Track Gang.”
Again, in 1950 the Whitney represented Thall’s work along with the best known Abstract Expressionist painters: de Kooning, Gottlieb, Motherwell, Guston, O’Keefee, Rothko and Stamos. In 1950, Thall left the country for ten years and traveled to Mexico, Jamaica, and Europe. He spent most of his time in Torrevieja and Palma Mallorca, Spain thus depriving America of one its greatest painters. Between 1946 and 1968 he exhibited in numerous galleries in New York, Chicago, London, Florida and Palm Springs, California.
Since his death in 1983, his paintings and papers have been in storage. This is a rare opportunity for Texans to view the work of a great American artist. The gallery talk, “A Forgotten Abstract Expressionist: Victor Thall” is presented by Robert L. Stevens, Professor, the University of Texas at Tyler in conjunction with Gary Herwood, Executor of the Estate of Victor Thall.
W. R. Thrasher
Born in Lamar County in Texas, William Thrasher was a farm boy. He had aspirations to paint and spent all of his extra money on brushes and canvas. The death of his father during the Depression forced the sale of the farm and all the family possessions. The first items sold, and the most in demand, were his paintings. This gave him the encouragement to pursue a career in art.
Thrasher painted what he knew, the Texas landscape, farm scenes, and wildlife of the state.
Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘Texas Farmland with Bluebonnets’ sold at Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas ‘Texas Art Signature Auction ‘ in 2013 for $53,131.