Coming to portraiture from a background of extensive academic training and experience in the graphics field focus has been on portrait painting for 15 years. Growing up in Texas in a home filled with art by relatives, Gene began painting and drawing at an early age.
He studied art first at Baylor University and then completed his first degree in fine art at the University of Texas at Austin. He then studied at The California Institute of The Arts in Los Angeles and completed his second degree at The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
He ascended through a career in advertising design as an Art Director and Creative Director for major national and regional advertising agencies in Texas. His ad designs have been published throughout the U.S. in national media.
Throughout his career in advertising he maintained a strong parallel activity of painting and teaching art. He has taught classes at Southern Methodist University, The Art Institute of Dallas and in the School of Visual Arts at The University of North Texas.
Currently, Gene is the director of Rail Station Studios in Plano, Texas. His commission portrait business is Legacy Portrait Painters. Gene is a member of the Portrait Society of America and on the board of directors of the Plano Art Association.
Door prize: Free oil portrait sketch from a live sitting.