Artist Derek Penix

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Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Penix grew up watching members of his family paint and pursued painting himself right after graduating high school. After trying his hand at painting and selling his first piece he knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Over the years Penix's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter. Variety is what is exciting.
Penix has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely. I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."  
Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. Even at a young age, Penix was recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010, and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40" in 2014. To date, Penix's most notable award has been the 2016 "Gold Medal Award" from Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting a $30,000 prize. Penix lives in Temecula, California.
Special Honors/Competitions: 
Oil Painters of America 29th National Juried Exhibition: Member's Choice Honorable Mention Award (2020)
PlainAir Magazine Salon Art Competition: Best Animal/Birds (April 2020)
PleinAir Magazine Salon Art Competition: First Place Overall (February/March 2020)
The Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition: Landscape Finalist (2019)
Boldbrush: September Finalist (2019) 
American Impressionist Society 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Artist Choice Award (2019)
American Impressionist Society 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Third Place (2019)
9th Annual Plein Air Salon Bi-Monthly June/July: Best Outdoor Still-Life (2019)
Judge of The Hoosier Art Salon (2019)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring Online International Exhibition: 3rd Place (2019)
Oil Painters of America 28th National Juried Exhibition: Ted Goerschner OPAM Memorial Impressionist Award [...]

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