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I began drawing and painting at a very young age and knew early on that I would choose art for my life. I achieved success early on in high school and college in the arts, but after college, I felt compelled to a career in ministry and have spent many fulfilling years helping others find their purpose in life. Through the years, I continued to paint mostly for enjoyment and as an outlet, but in 2007, I realized that an important part of my own life-purpose was creating and painting. The internet, which of course was not available 25 years ago, is such a useful tool for artist, opening doors and providing exposure that would otherwise not be possible. With this new opportunity, I have been pursuing painting and marketing my art whole heartily, usually painting on a daily basis. I live in Tucson, love to jeep, love to paint and study art, and my paintings are often inspired from some remote mountain location in the high desert.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

OPA Shirl Smithson Scholarship Recipient for 2012!

I am very honored to have received one of three Shirl Smithson Scholarship for 2012, named after its founding member, awarded through the Oil Painters of America! Based on a review of the application materials, the scholarship committee selected three OPA members to receive a scholarship based on the quality and strength of the art work submitted and the potential for further development, and one other scholarship was awarded to a full-time student.  The scholarship will pay $500 towards a workshop or class in representational oil painting.  I am very excited to be able to start off the year with this kind of honor... Now the hard part - Picking a workshop to attend...  So many good ones!
Thank-You to Shirl and the OPA scholarship selection team for making this possible! -Jeff Love
Shirl Smithson
 Shirl Smithson - Founding Member of Oil Painters of America

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