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Charlotte Seay

 (born 1940)
Charlotte Seay is active/lives in Texas.  Charlotte Seay is known for flowers, Southwestern themes, illustration, art education.

Charlotte Seay

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The following information was submitted in August of 2006 by the artist:

My focus on conservation and preservation of natural habitats of plants and wildlife as well as cultures and traditions around the world has lead to exploration of other elements such as pictographs, petroglyphs, symbols, and hieroglyphs.  Dealing with these subject matters has taken me on journeys of discovery and challenge.  I have explored cloud forests in Central America; coral reefs of the Caymen Islands and other under water sites; pueblos and villages of natives: ancient sites of archeological findings of Anazazi and other ancient people.  I create art to try to bring attention to these precious places.  I hope my focus on these places, in some small way, will generate interest to them.  Equally important to me is to bring awareness to preserving cultures and traditions in our increasingly homogenous societies.

I approach my work differently for each piece of art.  Often I paint or work on a subject in a straightforward way using traditional media such as oil or watercolor, representing directly what is in front of me.  I enjoy painting with large brushes in a loose manner, not trying to copy what is at hand, but rather render a subject artistically and creatively.  At other times I let the painting lead me where it will, using whatever materials and media may be available.  I incorporate layering techniques, usually stamping, printing, wiping, tearing and other methods in evolving the art.  When I allow a painting to evolve in this manner, I most often do not have a subject in mind. It is the actual journey that I desire.  Making a painting in this manner allows me to become totally absorbed in creativity and the content is more important that representation.  I work until I am satisfied and if the viewer is impacted, it is an added affirmation of the work.

My work has been awarded major honors and been accepted in national and international exhibitions.  I have had more than fifty solo exhibitions.  I have been commissioned to create book covers and illustrations for authors; art for corporate catalogue covers; art for posters; designs for business logos and product logos; note cards and invitations.  My work is in collections in the United States, Mexico, Canada, England, Wales and Egypt.  I am a teacher, lecturer, curator and juror as well as a published author.

1986 - 1988     Midland College - Art Studies
1988 - 1990     University Of Texas of the Permian Basin - Art Studies

Independent Studies:
Maisi Sirois; Ann Templeton; Ann Armstrong; Woody Gwynn; Helen Gwinn; Kathleen Kuchar; Christopher Schink; Katherine Chang Liu; Fran Larson; Alex Powers; Warren Taylor; Ken Hosmer

Awards and Honors:
1991-92 - Best of Show - Celebration of the Arts, Midland, Texas
1994 - Best of Show - Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas
1995 - Best of Show - Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas
1994 - Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Clubs International
1997 - Distinguished Artist, Celebration of the Arts, Arts Assembly of Midland
1998 - Daniel Smith Award, Southern Watercolor Society
2000 - Curator, Midland/ Wirral, England Art Exhibit, Wirral, England
2003 - Tumbleweed Covers,  Junior League of Midland
2002, 03, 04, 06 - Messina Hof Winery - Wine, Rose Label Competition Awards
2005  - Messina Hof Wine Label
2005 - Merit Award - Midland College, Allison Fine Arts Gallery, Midland, Texas
2006 - Swartz Framing Award, Museum of the Southwest/Midland Arts Association, Spring Show
2006 - Texas Watercolor Signature Member Exhibit, Blue Shawl Gallery, San Antonio
Future  - October -December 2007 - Museum of the Southwest, Contemporary Artists Series/Eye of the Beholder (Solo Exhibition)
Texas Watercolor Society - Past President
Midland Arts Association - Past President
Midland Opera Theater Board of Directors- President
Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Board, Midland City Council - Chairman
Midland Tourism Ad Hoc Board, Midland City Council
Grace Presbyterian Church - Elder and Trustee
Midland Country Club - Ladies Association Board Member
City of Midland and Chamber Fifteen-Year Planning Retreat, 04, 06

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Born:  1940 - Abilene, Texas
Known for:  flowers, Southwestern themes, illustration, art education