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Our next meeting is May 15. The demo Artist for May will be Nel Dorn Byrd.

Nel Dorn Byrd is a watercolor painter and has exhibited her work in national and international shows throughout the US.    She studied art at Midland Institute of Fine Arts, Richland College, and the University of Texas at Dallas.  

She has studied at home and abroad with many watercolor instructors, traveling and painting in twelve different countries.   Nel’s work has been included in several publications and books, and in 2003 an article on her interior paintings was published in the summer issue of Watercolor.

She paints in a loose, impressionistic style and paints a variety of subjects. She co-operated a successful art gallery and frame shop for twenty one years.  

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May 15, 2018
Artist: Nel Dorn Byrd


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SHOW 2017

Features works from high school age students living in the Richardson ISD area. The show runs from December 1 thru January 6th.


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We have several shows each season, including a show for local high school students and a well-regarded regional show for all Texas artists.

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Highlights of April Meeting, 2018

April Demo Artist - Frank Sowells

At our RCAS Members' Meeting last Tuesday evening, we were treated to a demonstration of Frank Sowells, Jr.'s acrylic painting techniques. Frank always knew he wanted to be an artist and won his first art award at the age of 5. He went on to the Art Institute of Dallas and also studied at Texas Tech, He worked as a court illustrator for several years, mainly in Waco and the Houston area. He treasures his drawing of Kay Bailey Hutchison among others. It was really good training for his life as an artist he says. Frank has been inspired by diverse fine artists like Alix Beaujour, Charles Bibbs and Arthello Beck. He works in many mediums and styles, oil being his favorite. His cubism demo was done in acrylic so it could dry more quickly. He began drawing cubes on a board, connecting lines in interesting ways and rearranging the cubes before adding the main figure.

Frank says to have fun creating the lines and cubes. Enjoy the process. He prefers to work on a black surface (canvas or board) but felt a white surface was better for the demo since more paint is needed to cover the black. He states that with a black surface the image can be much more dramatic. He colored in several areas starting with red. As he added colors to different areas, he began to add shading, creating depth and drama. He balances light colors against darks and darks to light. Several of his cubism pieces have surprises in them, like two faces when only one seems evident. He likes to have fun with the art and let the viewer have fun too.

In addition to the awards presentation for the Spring Show, we also had our regular Painting of the Month competition. (See winners below).