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Dr. Smith has a passion for beautiful art that parallels his artistic commitment to your teeth.
Keely Corona Smith spent her early childhood on her father’s family cotton farming land on the eastern Texas coast where she spent much of her time with her sister and her cousins, riding horses and playing in country fields. When she was 10, she and her sister moved with her mother to the Texas Hill Country. There they joined the Giles family where Keely found herself in one of the oldest working ranches in Texas, with a new sister and brother. Over time, Keely’s step father a life long rancher, naturalist, and eminent steward of the land, instilled many strong values in Keely. It was there, at Hillingdon Ranch, that Keely fell in love with the Texas Hill Country. she felt a deep appreciation for nature and the spiritual connection she felt to it.
Keely began a career in decorative painting in 1993 after receiving a bachelor of arts in Psychology with a concentration in Fine Art from San Angelo State University. In 1996 she returned to the Hill Country and settled in Fredericksburg, where she started a successful decorative painting company painting murals, faux finishes and ornamentation. Keely’s desire of expressing what she saw and her dream of being a fine artist was there since she was a child and in 2006 she decided to pursue her dream.
Keely studied under renouned artists Greg Kruetz, Denise Mahlke, Chuck Rawle and received a scholarship from the Fredericksburg Artist’s School to study under the nationally known Jeff Legg.
In 2008 Keely had 3 paintings juried into The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas for the Collector’s Classic. Keely has also been invited to show her work in four tour of homes and had numerous solo shows and group shows.
In 2007 Keely was commissioned to paint 4 abstracts for August E’s restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas. This was something totally different for Keely but the same rules of composition, color and form applied. The first abstract she painted for August E’s was photographed in Texas Monthly. After request for more abstract work Keely has continued painting abstracts.
In 2009 five of Keely’s contemporary pieces were selected for the San Antonio parade of homes. The house won the peoples choice award and her work was featured in the January 2010 San Antonio-Austin Urban Home magazine.
“I am continually inspired by the land around me and the way the light reflects over it especially in the early morning and early evening. My upbringing on a Texas century ranch with all the old hand made pottery and furnishings and cowboy equipment has influenced and inspired my still life paintings greatly. My contemporary work is inspired by a combination of experiences, dreams, emotions and a definite connection to a divine creator. All of my work is influenced by a visual memory and a feeling of being connected to nature and creation. When I look out at a landscape in nature I see the awe and splendor of creation. I see energy, movement, and vibrations occurring within nature all around me. My goal as an artist is to convey what I see and feel from a pure and honest perspective and hopefully stir an emotion and connection within my viewers. My work has been influenced by artists like George Inness, Eduard Steichen, Dwight William Tryon, Emil Carlson and John Singer Sargent.
With all of the distractions we have in modern day, we lose sight of this beauty to often. We have so many unnecessary ailments that stress brings on. If I can help the viewer connect back and breathe in the mystery and the feeling of connectedness we all have to everything and everyone to soothe their soul I have done my job. Everyone sees and feels something different and that is how it should be.”
“Painting has become a basic need like water and I don’t know how I made it so long without it.”
Keely is represented by: Texas Treasures Gallery in Boerne, Texas (Traditional still life) and by appointment in her studio in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Keely’s paintings are hanging in numerous art collections around the country including the James Avery Art Collection, Fredericksburg, Texas, Hunter Art Collection, Fredericksburg, Texas, Reynolds Art Collection, Dallas, TX, Crabbe Art Collection Staten Island, New York, O’Brian Art Collection, Shreveport, Louisana, Denis Art Collection, Tuscan, Arizona. Watch for this emerging artist’s work.
Keely currently resides in Fredericksburg, Texas with her daughter Abbey.
Nick Troilo attributes his inspiration and gift to be an artist to his mother who loved to draw and always made the holidays fun and colorful. From his early school days, his artwork always received praised from teachers. He pursued his career at Carnegie Mellon University and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Nicholas Troilo paints to lift his spirits and to enter the world of play, leaving behind the worry and dark side of the world of everyday life. His painting is a celebration of the spirit, a clearing of the mind, a way to feel good, and as he says, “to make me feel good like a bunch of confetti”.
He is careful to maintain playfulness and not to let the work become contrived. He starts his day with a brisk walk around the lake, clearing his mind of worry and concern about the daily burdens of life. In his studio, he approach is movement and spontaneity. He creates the music on the canvas without a song playing. After a few days of studying the painting in progress, the process continues until it is finished. As Nick said, “This is exactly how I want the viewer to enjoy my new work. I want them to feel happy and have fun–to forget their worries and play with the lines and colors, to clear their minds and go to a state of playfulness.”
Brenda McKinney’s works are oil and canvas portraits of familiar backyard birds. Ms. McKinney captures the inner essence of her subjects and not just a literal likeness. She studies the birds’ movements and their social interactions, such as how they gather in trees and other perches. These different behaviors of our common visitors to our gardens reveal an inner feeling to the artist about her subject of birds. These birds are captured first by a photograph for their “portrait sitting”. Nonetheless, it is the context of their movement and socialization that helps Ms. McKinney feel the inner essence from the still photograph.
Brenda McKinney is a Professor of art at Richland College and Collin College, and has recently been awarded third prize in the Plano Art Association’s juried show at the Art Center of Plano. The main focus of her oeuvre are subjects of nature influenced by the masters of the past. On The Wings is her most recent contribution in this direction. Ms. McKinney’s first exhibition at Haley-Henman, in 2009, was in a group show entitled, The Naturalists, which spoke to the tension between the artifice and reality of our perceptions and feelings about our natural world. Here again, Ms. McKinney lures us to the image of the pretty and familiar bird. These common birds are not in immediate danger of extinction, but how will the spreading suburban manicured lawns filled with pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers effect their future survival? How will the loss of habitat for protection and nesting alter their continuing relationship with us? Will we only have memories of them as portraits of a bygone era, bringing us feelings of sentimental nostalgia, “I remember when…”?