Art in the Library
Ann Hardy and Doug Clark
February 9-23, 2012
Local Artists at Southwestern
Continuing with its effort to exhibit the work of local artists, Southwestern Adventist University is pleased to showcase the original artwork of Ann Hardy and Doug Clark.
This exhibit is an encore for Doug whose bronze sculpting demonstration during the opening of a March 2011 show was very well received. His Native Texan longhorn, a favorite of gallery visitors, will be on exhibit along with his memorable horned toads as well as new works.
Regardless of subject, Ann's paintings have a nostalgic tone. This is more evident in pieces like Butterfly Girl from her pioneer times series. Her color palette usually conveys a sense of serenity even if the subject is Elk Sparring for a Harem. An ensemble of her intriguing Forest Secrets themed works will be a central part of the exhibit..
About the Artists
For Ann, the joy of painting is in the process and not the destination. Growth in life and art is the most exciting thing she can think of. You must be willing to risk and be at home in your own skin, she says. For her it’s fun to be slightly eccentric.
She plays her eccentricity to the hilt by painting in a 12 by 12 foot treehouse in addition to sailing, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, camping and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity around the world. She has painted and drawn in Bali, Italy, Mexico, France and Greece.
She has also been published in various print works including the "Splash" book series featuring outstanding contemporary American painters. Her work has been given much recognition including Best of Show in Texas National Watercolor, Scottsdale’s Best and Brightest, and several Oil Painters of America awards among many others. A well-sold artist with extensive exhibit experience, Ann has also been an art exhibition judge.
I prefer to begin with my own photographs or field sketches. My aim is to capture the essential qualities and personality of each animal I sculpt. While I can often be found sketching, painting, or sculpting at the Fort Worth Zoo, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and at annual events like the Texas Cutting Horse Futurity and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, extensive travels across the western United States and Canada have greatly influenced my work as well. —Doug Clark
Doug Clark is a sculptor and painter, specializing in wildlife art. Doug has had a lifelong love of both art and wildlife. He has worked to further his art education by attending workshops and classes with masters of both sculpture and painting including Bruce Green, Martin Grelle, Tim Schinabarger, Sandy Scott, Garland Weeks, Cynthia Rigden, and Scott Myers. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society, The Outdoor Painters Society and the Texas Artists' Coalition. His sculptures may be seen in Fort Worth at the Gallery at the Frame-Up, in Dallas at David Dike Fine Art, in Highland Park at the Beretta Gallery, in Salado at Prellop Fine Art, in Fredericksburg at the Insight Gallery, in Estes Park, Colorado at Reily Fine Art, and in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Scottsdale Arizona at the John B. Strong Galleries. Doug's sculptures and paintings are in both public and private collections. His large-scale sculpture installation, a family of ducks, can be seen at Watters Creek in the City of Allen Texas.
He is an art teacher with the Fort Worth Independent School District where he has taught for over 20 years. In addition he teaches summer workshops at both public and private schools in sculpture, painting, and drawing. It is his great pleasure to encourage and develop the artistic talents of his students.