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BIOGRAPHY, EVENTS, and AWARDS

C.S. Talley portrays Joseph Henry Sharp
in the original Sharp studio, Taos, New Mexico

 

Artist's Biography

C. S. “Steve” Talley developed an art interest not long after graduating with a degree in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. Juggling a career in the sciences and ultimately computer programming, his art skills continued to improve by taking workshops from primarily plein air artists. Talley’s style of impressionistic realism continues to evolve as he explores color from bold to tonalist. He takes artistic license to push a color or include a compositional element to accomplish his goal of creating the intangible “strong emotional content”. Beginning as a portrait painter he has evolved to become primarily a western landscape painter. He also enjoys painting astronomical and religious themes. His main influences come from Paul Strisik, Edgar Payne, Chauncey Foster Ryder, James Reynolds, and Frederick Mulhaupt. Every Summer, Steve travels from his home in Fredericksburg, Texas to his Summer home in Taos, New Mexico. He often travels to Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, his wife's native home, searching for inspiring vistas. His painting of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area was chosen by the Texas Parks and Wildlife department as the focal point for the informational kiosk at the Enchanted Rock Summit trailhead. He has had a one-man show at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas and has exhibited at the Salmagundi Art Club in New York City. Talley also teaches landscape painting and is one of the authors of "Paint Fredericksburg, Texas : A Guide for Plein Air Painters". He has been happily married to Ginette for over 35 years and they have two sons, Austin and Aaron.



Associations:

Oil Painters of America-Associate Member
Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg-past president
Plein Air Painters New Mexico (PAPNM)
Plein Air Artists of Colorado (PAAC)

Art Studies:

Guy Morrow
William Hook
Guido Frick
Ron Rencher
Foster Caddell
Tim Lawson
John Budicin
Matt Smith
Kathryn Stats

Kevin Macpherson

Artist's Statement

The Western American landscape has commanded my attention ever since my first trip "out west" from my home on the South Texas coast. The coastal plains gave me the appreciation for being able to see across great expanses and the Rocky Mountains showed me the infinite diverse forms of the land beyond the flat plains. Within the landscape is the human element. I think of these elements as subservient to the greater landscape in which they must exist. Barns, adobe homes, and plowed fields are all evidence of our human attempt to either cooperate with or control the raw landscape. It is this dominating landscape that I attempt to convey with each painting.

With every painting I start, I intend for it to convey to the viewer the emotions that I experience when viewing the scene. Perhaps the viewer will have a different emotion but my hope is that it will be a strong and positive one. My growth as an artist owes its debt to these attempts to instill emotion into a painting and from this viewpoint artistic growth is a journey with no end.

Upcoming and Current Shows

2019 - Sept 19 - Guest Speaker: "Taos Treasures" at the Taos Art Museum located at the Fechin Home in Taos, New Mexico 

2020 - March - Artist of the Month at the Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, TX.
2020 - June 16 to July 26 - One Man Show at the Nicolai Fechin Studio, Taos , New Mexico

Past Shows

2018 - April - Artist of the Month at the Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, TX.

2017 - November - Cate-Zane Fine Things, Fredericksburg, TX - Featured Artist

2016 - December - Cate-Zane Fine Things, Fredericksburg, TX - Featured Artist
2016 - November: Contemporary Masters Invitational Show-Fredericksburg Art Gallery

2015 - September 4: One Man Show at Fredericksburg Art Gallery : Reception 5pm to 8pm ; Demos on Sept. 5
 
2013- November 1: Contemporary Masters Invitational Show-Fredericksburg Art Gallery- reception : 6pm to 8pm
2013- November 10: Western Art and Artifacts Gallery, Johnson City, TX - reception and demonstration

2012- October 5 to October 31 - Hill Country Textures: A 3-man show of the Texas Hill Country - Fredericksburg Art Gallery
2012- July 6 to July 31 - Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery- reception July 6: 6pm to 8pm
2012 - May 5 to June 9 - Great Western Trails Show and Sale at the Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas
2012- March - Guest Artist at the Texas Wild Bunch Show - Kerrville, Texas

2011- 19th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale - November
2011 - April 1 to May 22 - Gillespie County Faces & Places ~ 308 E. Austin St., Fredericksburg, Texas
2011 - April 25 to May 22 - Painting The Great Outdoors ~ Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St, Kerrville, Texas
2011 - Featured Artist-June First Friday Art Walk at Fredericksburg Art Gallery (featuring paintings of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area)

2011 - Featured Artist-April First Friday Art Walk, Del Rio, TX at Lee Bunch Studio Gallery
2011 - April 15-17 - Paint the Town - Marble Falls, TX - 6th Annual Plein Air Event

2010 Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery - November 2010
2010 Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show - December 2010
2010 18th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale - November
2010 Art Lover's Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery - February 2010

2009 Nomadas del Arte: Plein Air Show and Sale: Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX: April 2010
2009 Christmas Miniature Show - Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
2009 Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery - Nov. 13 - Dec 5, 2009
2009 17th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale Nov. 13-14-15, 2009: Reception Nov 13
2009 Featured Artist at Fredericksburg Art Gallery: First Friday Art Walk, April 3, 2009 (demo and art talk)

2008 Nomadas del Arte: Plein Air Show and Sale: Southwest Gallery, Dallas TX: April 2009
2008 Art Lover's Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery - February, 2008
16th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale Nov. 6-7-8, 2008
2008 Christmas Miniature Show - Whistle Pik Gallery

2007 Christmas Miniature Show - Whistle Pik Gallery
2007 Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery - Nov. 2006
15th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale Nov. 2007
2007 Fredericksburg Art Gallery - Painting Demonstrations at the gallery May 11-13, 2007
2007 Sherryl Brown Art Tours - featured artist: Jan 20, 2007 at Fredericksburg Art Gallery

2006 Christmas Miniature Show - Whistle Pik Gallery - Nov. 17 to Dec 31, 2006
2006 Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery - Nov. 10,11,12-2006
14th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale Nov. 2006
Meet the Artist Series - Sherryl Brown Fine Art - April 21, 2006
One Day Show at the Inn on Baron's Creek - March 11, 2006

2005 Christmas Miniature Show - Whistle Pik Gallery - Nov. 18 to Dec 17, 2005
2005 Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg Art Gallery - Nov. 11,12,13-2005
13th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale Nov. 11,12,13-2005

2004 Christmas Miniature Show - Whistle Pik Gallery
12th Annual Die Kunstler von Fredericksburg Art Show & Sale

Awards
2017-3rd Place Architecture - Wild Rivers Plein Air - Questa, New Mexico
2012-Judge's Choice Award - 2nd Place - Contemporary Masters Summer Event - Fredericksburg, Texas
2012-People's Choice Award - 3rd Place - Contemporary Masters Summer Event - Fredericksburg, Texas
2009-Judge's Choice Award - 1st Place - 2009 Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg, Texas
2007-People's Choice Best of Show (Oil) Fredericksburg Art Guild 4th Annual Juried Show: Faces and Places
2006-3rd Place (Oil) - Fredericksburg Art Guild 3rd Annual Juried Show: Faces and Places
2005-Judge's Choice Award - 2nd Place - 2005 Contemporary Masters Invitational Show - Fredericksburg, Texas
2004-People's Choice Award - 12th Annual Die Kunstler Art Show & Sale

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