This series features western-themed artworks created in High School art class as entries into the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition. I completed entries in 1st, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades, as well as each year of High School. I credit this competition with challenging me to reach new levels of technical skill and serves as a chronology of my development as a young artist.
This marked my final entry into the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition during my senior year of high school. It was a busy year and looking back, I don't feel as though this entry was as strong as previous entries, but the best I could produce under the circumstances. And for that reason, I was and still am satisfied with it. My dad had a co-worker who owned a beautiful painted mare. What I remember most to this day is not so much creation of the drawing, but the fun I had with my dad during the photoshoot for reference images, as I posed for this rare self-portrait.
I believe this is my favorite entry into the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition. I completed it from two reference photographs during my Junior year of High School. The horse was originally in a grassy field, but I thought having him wading in body of water on a overcast morning a more interesting composition with a less busy background. I feel like this piece really pressed my skills in realism to the next level.
The title for this entry has a funny story behind it. When I had only completed the head of the horse, another student accidently dropped my art piece into a bin with water. Thankfully it was able to be dried out, but some slight warping did occur where the water ran down the face of the horse, which I affectionately named "Waterspot" henceforth. The glare in this photograph of the artwork is from this warping. Despite this defect, this piece became my first high school level entry to receive awards and display at the Hayloft Gallery at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Early Art: Elementary
Early Art: Middle School
Early Art: High School
Early Art: College