About the Artists
Western artist Edgar J. Sotelo
Hailing from Sulphur Springs, Texas, Edgar Sotelo is a fourth-generation artist who paints vibrant, accurate depictions of ranch scenes, western landscapes and portraits.
Sotelo was born in Durango, Mexico. His great grandfather, grandfather, and father were very talented artists as well. Edgar came to the U.S. to attend Texas Tech University. He graduated in 1988. He put himself through school and his pencil drawings helped to pay his expenses. His wife Michelle encouraged him to try oil painting in the early 90’s. The Sotelos have three young daughters who also have shown early artistic talent. They have lived in Sulphur Springs since 1996. At their place in Sulphur Springs, called La Joya (the jewel), they raise American Quarter Horses.
Edgar Sotelo improves his techniques with annual workshops conducted by the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America members Bruce Green and Martin Grelle in the Central Texas art community of Clifton. He has also been mentored by Cowboy Artist, Roy Anderson.
Since 1998, Edgar has gone to west Texas ranches to the spring and fall roundups and has taken thousands of photos as reference material for his paintings.
He has been out to the Pitchfork in Guthrie, TX and with the cowboys out on the Tongue River ranch in Dumont, TX. The ranches cover thousands of acres of rugged west Texas land.
Honesty and respect are qualities that are so important in the cowboys’ code of honor that he diligently creates only true-to-life scenes in his paintings.
Edgar believes in experiencing what he paints. He does this by visiting Texas ranches that allow him to ride along and observe, record, and therefore preserve, the cowboy way of life. He is looking to find ranches and individuals who still do things much as they were done one hundred years ago.
Experiencing this firsthand has created a deeper respect and admiration for the vanishing culture and authentic way of life. Edgar invites you to observe and appreciate that result in his work.
For more info: www.soteloart.com
Sculpture artist Angela Mia De la Vega
Exalting the human spirit through expressive faces and natural body movement has become the recognized trademark of Angela Mia De la Vega’s figurative bronze sculpture. Her work’s greatest inspiration is the ever-changing individuality of her children. Angela’s pieces include indoor and outdoor bronze sculpture as well as jewelry inspired by her original work.
Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain. She is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, a Master Signature member of American Women Artists, and was named a Living Master by the internationally prestigious ARC (Art Renewal Center). Major awards include Best in Show and Best 3D Work by AWA and The Purchase Award by the ARC Museum.
Her sculptures are installed in numerous universities, hospitals, public parks and city plazas throughout the USA and privately collected throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Dubai, India, China, and Japan. Locally, you can visit Stonecreek Business Park in Frisco, Main Marketplace in Little Elm, CityLine in Richardson, or Hackberry Creek Park in Highland Park to view her extraordinary work.
Angela cofounded FLITE (Friends Lifting Individuals To Empowerment), a not-for-profit that helps artists help those in need: www.flitetofreedom.com.
For more info: https://delavegastudios.com/
Watercolor artist Liana Yarckin
From receiving her first set of watercolors from her aunt when she was four to being obsessed with drawing floor plans of homes in her youth, art has always been part of Liana’s life. Liana’s love of drawing and design led her to study architecture at Texas A&M University. There, her passion for art, architecture and life grew, especially on a study abroad program to Italy, Santa Chiara, to be exact.
Liana’s career in architecture and interior design have provided her with extensive experience in design, color and composition which she now applies to her art. Through her husband’s encouragement, Liana discovered her love for watercolors and has been painting for the last 17 years.
Her love for the beach, architecture and nature is evident in her choices of subject matter. Liana’s watercolors are consistently bright and cheerful with clean color. She continues to grow as an artist by painting daily, trying new techniques, taking a variety of workshops and classes, participating in local art groups and reading about her favorite artists.
Liana shows and sells her artwork in galleries, competitions and online. She accepts commissions; most popular are children’s portraits, home portraits and florals and sail-themed paintings. Liana’s other works include her line of wearable art (scarves and jackets).
Additionally, over 50 of her paintings have been printed on greeting cards, which are sold successfully nationwide.
For more info: https://www.lianayarckin.com/
Acrylic artist Janet Karam
What drives Janet Karam to create her intuitive acrylic paintings is the blending of objective and subjective imagery.
She graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas in 1988. Since then she has furthered her art education, and believes that her learning is never complete.
When Karam began to paint intuitively, she found that clarity and momentum rushed forward, and both her artwork and process evolved.
Painting with mindfulness and curiosity keeps Karam in tune with the combination of colors, textures, and brushstrokes moment by moment as her layering process allows new elements to emerge.
With intention, Karam adds “disruptions” as she works in the form of contrasting elements, giving her the ongoing opportunity to recreate harmony. The more risks Karam takes as a painter, the more she finds that her paintings take on lives of their own.
Painting with a sense of reverence for the unseeable allows Karam to create “accidental symphonies” that reflect her philosophy towards life.
Karam enjoys using nature-inspired palettes, layering transparent, opaque, and textured color. She believes that each painting is a pinpoint in time where the inner world of artists appears on canvas.