Show Preview | Texas Masters

Fredericksburg, TX
InSight Gallery, March 1-29

Francois Koch, After the Rain, oil, 16 x 20.

Francois Koch, After the Rain, oil, 16 x 20.

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Spring is the most beautiful time of year in the Texas Hill Country. “The bluebonnets and poppies are blooming. It’s really the things that paintings are made of,” says InSight Gallery co-owner Elizabeth Harris of the season. It’s fitting, then, that the gallery celebrates its stable of Texas painters this month. The Texas Masters show opens on Tuesday, March 1, and an artists’ reception is on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The Texas masters represent the diversity of artwork coming out of Texas,” Harris says of the eighth annual show and the first under her tenure. “Artists from all over the world are coming to Texas because this is a wonderful place to live and create work. It speaks highly of the art market of Texas. Everyone wants to be in the middle of what’s happening here.”

The show traditionally features around 50 works, with all 18 of the gallery’s local artists contributing a handful of pieces each. Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Teresa Elliott, Jill Carver, and Francois Koch are among the participating artists—as are Robert Pummill and Roy Andersen, two distinguished octogenarians who are showing their first new works in the gallery in quite some time. “It’s exciting to have such tried-and-true talent as part of the show,” says Harris.

Harris is also welcoming new talent. Fifteen-year-old Kyle Ma will be the show’s only invited artist. “He’s a prodigy, if I dare use the word,” she says. “He’s not set in a niche. He’s exploring with different artists, and his style is influenced by who he’s studying with. He’s phenomenally talented.”

Anne Kraft Walker, The Little Visitor, oil, 20 x 39.

Anne Kraft Walker, The Little Visitor, oil, 20 x 39.

Although the show exclusively features artists living in Texas, the subject matter is not limited to the Lone Star State. Mary Ross Buchholz, who makes her home in Eldorado, is a true regionalist, bringing to life portraits of horses and Texas cowboys in charcoal and graphite. Her subjects are typically very close to home—her own horses and family members. “I find it interesting that cowboy attire is regional and differs from state to state. The crease of a hat, the type of chaps, and even the types of tack are definitely going to be unique to the rider and region,” she says. Drawn to an animal’s compelling gaze, she continues to choose equine subjects. “I try to achieve a wide range of values that make a two-dimensional surface appear three-dimensional, much like a sculpture. It is very much like chiseling out all the various planes. I enjoy carving out the detail in the eyes and even the life-like veins across the facial bones of a horse.”

Hill Country resident George Hallmark, on the other hand, has created several small pieces based on scenes in Mexico as well as rural Texas, but one of his large works captures Écija, Spain. “I’ve been blessed to be able to paint any subject. I travel, take photographs, then combine them in paintings in my studio,” he says. “I take the junk cars out and take the graffiti off the walls. I want to paint something that triggers everyone—some place that everyone would like to visit,” he says of this far-flung subject matter. —Ashley M. Biggers

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Featured in the March 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art March 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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