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Lunell Gilley, Texas Contemporary Fine Artist

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Color is where it happens in the eyes of most, boiling color to me. Then I look for the rest of the components needed that truly help make a beautiful painting. As with any painter my work reflects my moods through drama, color and composition on today’s canvases. Timeless events and places captured from a broad collection of traveled memories.


From an early age I knew art would play a special part in my life because in my family, I was surrounded by artists of every kind. All of them musicians at the least; my grandfather was a blacksmith that designed ornamental iron. Some of his work can be seen at the museum in Oklahoma City that he had designed for Bob Crosby and Robert H Goddard. My Mom dabbled in water colors off and on and also painted with oils. Growing up I was a native of New Mexico with a very simple life, and from the time I was a very small girl, I would draw every chance got. When we would go to pick fruit in the Hondo Valley, and got the opportunity, we watched Peter Hurd painting from a distance which drove me further towards my destiny in Art.

There are many things in my short time on earth I have found...... not everyone is successful; you can spend a lifetime searching and studying the right way to paint or sculpt or draw or so on. But the most important thing I've learned is being an artist is right up there next to heaven and that is exactly where I want to be. Doing what I love the most in life, one day at a time! I also believe this is where the Lord wants me to be.

After being in many galleries, museums and wonderful places and studied with the best, including Guido Frick, Emin Abasaav, John Darby, Rich Nichols and last, not least, Jack Sorenson, my very favorite, who's to say I still won't be one of the chosen few!
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