On location at Cibolo Nature Center
Artist Profile - Louis Garcia
Louis Garcia is a native of San Antonio and a current resident of Corpus Christi. He first became interested in art while in junior high school in San Antonio. His interest continued through high school where he won awards for painting posters for the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes, and he continued with studies in commercial art at San Antonio College.
A stint in the U.S. Navy took Louis to South Vietnam where exposure to Agent Orange led to significant and extended health issues. As an Agent Orange cancer survivor Louis embraces life each day with appreciation and the determination to find the beauty in each moment and record it with his brushes and palette knife. A recent medical declaration that he is now "Cancer Free" has enabled an all new view of the beauty in our surroundings.
"My art is a reflection of me and my world", he says. I have a deep appreciation for the moments that often pass us by too quickly". And those moments are captured in oils as he paints 'en plein aire' on location throughout the Coastal Bend area of South Texas and his more recent ventures to Boerne and the surrounding Hill Country. "Borne, Texas,is an en plein aire artist's dream location. One of my best compositions is a vew of the Cibolo Creek upstream from the Main Street bridge and my more recent efforts were at the Cibolo Nature Center, " he recalls.
Louis' contemporary landscape works capture color and movement through the use of a painting / palette knife and reveal compositions permeated with rich colors that enhance our everyday environment. His portrait paintings reveal his care and respect for all humanity by capturing the essence, spirit and originality of each individual.
Louis will be seen around Boerne throughout mid-October when he will again be participating in Boerne Professional Artists' Texas Hill Country Invitational. He will first be painting en plein aire during the "Paint Out" on October 16 & 17, he will display his recent works during the three day fine art show and sale at the Cana Ballroom on October 18 - 20 and he will give a lecture and demonstration of his painting style on Saturday, October 19.
In addition to his appearance at the Texas Hill Country Invitational, Louis also exhibits his work at the annual events of the Art Museum of South Texas, the Beeville Museum of Art, Islander Gallery at Texas A&M University, Joseph A. Cain Memorial Art Gallery Del Mar College, Simon Michael Gallery Coastal Bend Community College, the Meadows Gallery Art Center of Corpus Christi and the Port Aransas Art Center.
Beyond his active participation in Boerne Professional Artists, Louis is in his third year as president of the Art Association of Corpus Christi, he is the current president of the Watercolor Society of South Texas, a member of the fiannce committee of the Board of Directors for the Port Aransas Art Center anda member of the exhibit committee of the Board of Directors for the Art Center of Corpus Christi. His work can be found on his website at www.lagartstudio.com.