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International Guild of Realism – Part 2

Few things are more satisfying for an artist than selling their art work. It’s an affirmation that what you’re doing is appreciated, and someone is willing to write a check to you to prove it. However, ranking a close second to that is recognition by your peers in the art community. That is why I was so excited about a month ago when I told you about being accepted into the International Guild of Realism.

San Juan River Bighorn.

San Juan River Bighorn

Well, that thrill just hit a new level yesterday when the Guild informed me that one of my works had been selected for display at the Guild’s upcoming yearly exhibit. Works selected for the exhibit were chosen from among the Guild’s 300+ artists after a two-tiered jurying process. A little over 50% of the submissions survived the first cut, and the 93 finalists were eventually chosen from the remaining group. My painting—San Juan River Bighorn—was selected by the judges.

The Guild’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibition will be held from October 4th – November 30th, 2013 at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona. To be selected is a very exciting experience for me since all the initial entrants, and the eventual exhibitors, are realism artists from around the globe who have proven their work to be of exceptionally high quality.

A public opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013. I’ll let you know more details as the exhibit draws closer, but if you’re in the Tempe, Arizona area during the exhibit dates be sure to drop by the Tempe Center for the Arts.

A Month to Remember

The month of May proved to be a wonderful way to end Spring and welcome the Summer. In addition to my acceptance into the International Guild of Realism and my Honorable Mention award at the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society’s Spring Watercolor Exhibition, I also sold one of my favorite paintings—Jaguar Reflection II while it was on display in Sedona.

With Internet, gallery and exhibit sales, it’s sometimes difficult to actually meet one of my customers in person. I was fortunate to be able to meet Dr. Matthew Shawl an Ear, Nose & Throat and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon from New York City. Dr. Shawl’s late father had visited Sedona with his wife Vicky about 15 years earlier and both were struck by the beauty of the area. Earlier this year his mother convinced Matthew to accompany her on a return trip to the area. As part of that vacation, they visited the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society’s Spring Watercolor Exhibition where he discovered my Jaguar painting.

Matthew contacted me about purchasing the work, and we agreed to meet at the exhibit the day before his return trip to New York. It was a wonderful, but too brief, meeting. When I asked him what drew him to the Jaguar painting, he said “I appreciate the tremendous detail of the piece as well as the rich colors and wonderful reflection of the Jaguar in the pond. There’s also a calm serenity to the scene that attracted me.”

While it is fun and rewarding to be able to paint, it is even more gratifying to actually see the sparkle in the eye of someone who appreciates your work and the passion you’ve put into it. Matthew, thanks to you and your mother for the opportunity to meet with you both, and I hope my painting gives you many years of pleasure while it’s on display in your home.