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Artist Don Reynolds Jr


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In 1995, at age 62, this old dog learned a new trick. I went to a student art show to see a friend’s art work. I liked what I saw because Ross Myers’s student show was different. At many student art shows all the displayed work closely follows the teacher’s style. Not this one. Ross Myers believes in helping a student move in the direction he or she wants to go. Since he is a multi-talented artist and teacher he can help them do that no matter what they choose. Consequently, there was a great variety of work in this show.
 
        I decided to take a few Myers lessons that summer. I enjoyed it so much I kept doing that for the next twenty years. With Ross’s help, I discovered a talent and passion for pastel and charcoal portraiture. My mother painted oil portraits so I suppose her genes helped send me in that direction.
 
            Ross and Carole Klein introduced me to art fundamentals. Hollis Williford taught me how to draw. Sherrie McGraw helped me improve that ability. Ben Konis specialized in pastel portraiture basics, so I took three of his workshops. Doug Dawson gave me fresh insights into pastel portraiture and Dianna Ponting improved my overall use of pastels. Burt Silverman exposed me to the beauty in simplicity - how to draw what I see, not what I think I see.
            I’ve held solo art exhibitions at the Cliff Cottage Gallery in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and several locations in Tulsa including Hillcrest Hospital, Kaiser Rehab Center and the Tulsa County Library. Juried art shows displaying my work include the Centennial Celebration’s 100 Oklahomans by 100 Oklahomans Heros and Outlaws show in Oklahoma City, Mayfest Invitational, Resonance Art for the Soul, and the Gilcrease Art in Miniature exhibit. My portrait of Clayton Vaughn reading [...]

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