Friday, July 19, 2024

SEPTEMBER 17, 2024

We are excited to announce that our September Demo Artist will be Gene Dillard.

Gene Dillard comes to portraiture from a background of extensive academic training and experience in the graphics field. Growing up in Texas in a home filled with art by relatives, Gene began painting and drawing at an early age. He studied art first at Baylor University and then completed his first degree in fine art at the University of Texas at Austin. He then studied at The California Institute of The Arts in Los Angeles and completed his second degree at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

He ascended through a career in advertising design as an Art Director and Creative Director for major national and regional advertising agencies in Texas. His ad work has been published and broadcast throughout the U.S. in local, regional and national media.

Throughout his career in advertising he maintained a strong parallel activity of painting and teaching art. He has taught at Southern Methodist University, The Art Institute of Dallas, Stephen F. Austin University, Mary Hardin-Baylor and in the School of Visual Arts at The University of North Texas.

He owns and operates Rail Station Studios in Historic Downtown Plano which hosts the work of nine local artists. He is past president of Plano Art Association.

You can see more of Gene’s work and learn more about his work at: legacyportraitpainters.com