Next General Meeting: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:45 am—12:00 noon
St. Philip Presbyterian Church 745 W. Pipeline Road Hurst, Texas 76053
For directions see http://midcitiesfineartists.org/
April 10th Demo Artist Kenneth Porter
Kenneth was born in 1952 at Wellington, Texas. He developed an early interest in art during elementary school. He started painting with oil at age 14 and won Grand Champion at the local County Fair with a painting on old barn wood. His subject influence was developed as he worked for local farmers and ranchers in the area during high school. The seemingly dimin- ishing cowboy lifestyle has always capti- vated his art interest.
Kenneth operated a local art gallery for a couple of years while attending Clarendon College. As the economy of the area rap- idly collapsed he joined the Air force as a graphic artist. It was during this time that Kenneth started painting with acrylics. The transition was very smooth and to this day most people that see his artwork think it’s oil and not acrylic. During his time in the Air Force, Kenneth learned in- tricate design, sign painting and calligra- phy. He completed his bachelor degree, majoring in Commercial Art. His pen and ink rendering of the White House was pre- sented to the former President Reagan as a gift during his visit to SAC Command Headquarters. Kenneth drew numerous portraits of high command officers and sold hundreds of pieces of artwork.
After wearing the uniform for 30 years Kenneth is back in Texas painting full time. “I have always been taught and be- lieve that art is a form of communication. With this in mind it is important that the everyday person can visually understand the main topic of the artwork. A certain amount of realism has to be in place to accomplish this. To do this requires a lot of work and training to develop talent.” For more information, see his website: http://www.kennethbporter.com/
— from the MCFA Newsletter