Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Wind" by Jose Vives-Atsara

Jose Vives-Atsara used the palate knife with mastery and confidence to reveal dark blue clouds, threatening sky, and a windy day that rousts about the vegetation and bank of sandy soil.

The title of this painting is "Wind"  and Vives-Atsara illustrated the grasses in extended length and overlapped colors and strokes to communicate the windy movement.

The strokes are intentional and bold as he used his preferred limited signature of nine colors. The vertical and horizontal lines compete and skillfully design the effect of the unseen wind.  This is not a sunny windy day, rather, a dark ominous day; even the cloud formation signifies weather change and possibly more wind with even stronger force.

The painting is respectful of nature and the beauty before and during times of wind.

©Betty Houston,  Boerne Gallery

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Lane of Venice" by Song Jiang

"Lane of Venice" by Song Jiang is a visual tour of discovery in texture, color, and architecture. Jiang has pushed the perspective back to reveal a walkway centered on the canvas and its destination.  Neutral tones purposefully chosen announce the view with colorful progression culminating in the building at the end of the view.

Green and terra cotta announce the coming attraction as the discovery yields its way from the shadowy lane toward the sunlit destination. Song Jiang continues to appreciate the time of day and the subdued contrast of the buildings with the refreshing white building of central importance.

The sky and wispy cloud are the beckoning surprise at the end of the Lane of Venice.

©Betty Houston, Boerne Gallery

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Bridge in Town" by Eric Paulsen

Eric Paulsen captures the light of day with fresh color and bold strokes of the palette knife.   "Bridge in Town" is a study in contrasts. He comments on the simple village and the common bridge ; the curved waterway, straight angles of roof tops and windows are central to the composition.  Neutral tones are the axis of the painting; yet harmonious with plantings, water and sky.

Warm tones of yellow and orange are sparingly used in contrast to the range of blues in water and sky.  The vegetation is mostly small abundant strokes with the pallet knife and the most contrasting in depth as compared with other surfaces.

The most placid and quiet texture in the painting is that of the water with its mirror like image of shadows. Although there are three persons on the bridge, one appears to be fishing and the others are standing obliviously and quietly. It is this sum of contrasts that make Bridge in Town a gallery favorite.

©Betty Houston Boerne Gallery

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Too Close for Comfort by Bill Scheidt

Bill Scheidt composes a landscape entitled "Too Close for Comfort" using the relationship between the plains buffalo and a contentious adversary, the coyote.  The deft composition is at once active; as the smaller of the two attempts to harm and ultimately kill the buffalo.

The very believable composition uses historic colors reminiscent of earlier artists that traveled the west to explore its habitat and terrain.   The muted grasslands and the distant horizon complete with a herd of buffalo grazing in the lowland and near the mountains are secondary, yet supportive to the story and its environment.

©Betty Houston, Boerne Gallery

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ghost Ranch Glow

Cliff Cavin’s painting entitled "Ghost Ranch Glow"  is composed of cool hues and deep saturated tones.  The painting is layer upon layer of shadowy plains beginning with lofty greenery and numerous dynamic horizontal plateaus.

The mostly horizontal landscape is punctuated by vertical rock formations catching the light of day.   The sophisticated area tends to be arid, consequently the choice and harmony of color is somewhat greyed, but, refreshing and inviting.  

The sky is secondary but contributes to the glow and contrast between light and dark elements making this painting memorable.

©Betty Houston, Boerne Gallery

Hill Country Creek by Sidney Sinclair

Sidney Sinclair is a resident of the Texas Hill country and knows and loves its beauty. In her painting titled Hill Country Creek the simplicity of nature is painted using subtle soft tones and neighboring hues.

The lines and edges mingle and invite a visual tour across the canvas. Soft light of day conveys a single quiet moment honoring the landscape in its raw strength and beauty.

The application of paint is respectfully layered without additional flourish; thereby, achieving an ode to nature that is not intended to be anything more or less than already provided by nature.

©Betty Houston, Boerne
 — with Sidney Sinclair.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mooney Makes Sense July 2014 column in Boerne Business Monthly

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When local attractions, homesteads, acreage and recognizable landscapes make it into the fine art realm, we always appreciate our community even more.  The history of Herff Ranch is no different.  A genealogic lineage that adds a colorful history to the Boerne legacy, Herff is forever immortalized in the work of local artist, Larry Tarrillion. Ferdinand Ludwig Herff (1820–1912) was a 19th Century German-born physician who immigrated to Texas and became a medical pioneer in San Antonio. Being a personal physician to Richard King of the Kind Ranch, as well as providing medical care to many indigenous (Mexican/ Native Americans) in the San Antonio area, helped secure the prominent stature of one such family in the Boerne area. 

Larry Tarrillion has recorded a portion of Boerne history by painting an architectural site located on the Herff Ranch and a snow storm that showered the Texas hill country in the early part of 1982.  Appropriately titled, Snow on the Herff, a stone farm house is nestled among its acreage of trees, complimented by an old windmill and the necessity of an old water tank.

Tarrillion’s color is of soft neutrals with patches of blue sky warming the day as the snow begins to melt on the ground.  There are no footprints on the lofty snow drifts which offer a sense of insulation, solitude and quietness on a day when the sun’s rays have broken through the atmosphere. However, there is evidence of occupancy as noted by the smoke emitting from the chimney.

The brush strokes are thin small and deliberate capturing the stillness and beauty after the storm.
The central feature of the painting is the two story house and its prominent strength of hill country design which includes a windmill and tank to supply water to the family.  There is quiet strength, beauty and harmony as the joy of nature has passed through the Texas Hill country.  The home is guarded by a fence line so very typical of the farm and ranch land of our area.  

The full lot of Herff Ranch is now part of the ever expanding housing development of the Boerne area that has prompted many debates, (pro and con) on the eminent urban sprawl of the San Antonio encroachment.
The house pictured in Snow on the Herff is currently in restorations and is part of the Cibolo Nature Center.

By: Betty Houston and Gabriel Delgado

* This painting has been sold**

Payday by Ragan Gennusa

Ragan Gennusa paints a glimpse of times gone by.  It is a dry dusty day; however, optimism reigns because success is at hand.  It’s Pay Day!  The two entrepreneurs carry on as the work is not finished.  Of secondary interest are the sky and grey mountains in this composition. 

Even the vegetation is grey green and covered with dusty excitement.  It’s Pay Day!  The main source of color is low contrast neutrals complete with shadows and rocky terrain.  The neutral colors are enhanced by simple cloudless sky that repeats the beauty of the arid land. Overcoming challenge and the spirit of bravery will not be deniedIt’s Pay DAY!

©Betty Houston

**See the giclee prints available for sale at the J.R. Mooney Galleries Boerne as part of the Gallery Picks exhibit for the month of July.

Call us at 830-816-5106 to inquire about pricing.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 2014 Quarterly Newsletter


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When looking at the artwork of Samir Sammoun, it’s apparent that he is not trying to create a realistic piece depicting what the eye can see.  Through his use of color and the energy in his brushstrokes, Sammoun opens his soul and bares the raw emotion that he associates with the view.  This is further evidenced through his choice of subject matter.  Time and again, Sammoun takes us back to places that are dear to him; the grove of olive trees in Joun, Lebanon where his family owns a 1,000 year old olive plantation, lavender fields in Bekaa Valley or the lush landscapes around Quebec where he has resided since the age of twenty-one, just to name a few.

There is an ethereal quality to his work that isn’t unintentional.  He says, “I try to show the texture of nature on the canvases and I place color side by side without blending it.  I want to make the person looking at my painting feel the color of the sky, the temperature of the air and the breeze in the apple trees or wheat stalks.”

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Samir Sammoun truly appreciates proponents of the Impressionistic Art Movement. However, he has brought this genre into the 21st century.  There is nothing old-fashioned or dated about his paintings.  Sammoun’s work transcends the boundaries of any particular style and is typically the pièce de résistance of any collection.  Whether your home is eclectic, stately, elegant or contemporary, an original oil painting by Samir Sammoun is the perfect choice. We have recently received brand new pieces hand selected by Mr. Sammoun.  Come see a few of the artist’s personal favorites as we showcase them at J. R. Mooney this summer.

© Valarie McCown


It is an exciting time at J. R. Mooney Galleries.  We are bringing in new pieces of art and introducing new artists to San Antonio.  We have also added inventory to our already extensive supply of ready made frames.  We replenished stock on some of our best selling favorites in standard sizes, but have expanded our inventory to include sizes not typically considered to be standard dimensions. 

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JUL 1 - AUG 10
American Plains Signature Member Show - Ft. Concho Natural Historic Landmark with Opening Reception July 1st from 5 pm to 8 pm featuring JRM Artist, Bill Scheidt - San Angelo - American Plains Artists
JUL 12
2nd Saturday Art & Wine - Gallery Picks of the Month- Boerne - 2nd Saturday Boerne, TX
2nd Saturday Art & Wine -  Selections from the Gallery - Boerne - 2nd Saturday Boerne, TX
AUG  22 - SEP 27
A Panoramic View - Texas Sculpture Group Lawndale Art Center Exhibition - Opening Reception (Aug 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm) - Featuring JRM Sculptor, Cody Vance - Houston -Panoramic View
                SEP 13
2nd Saturday Art & Wine - Featuring artists, Willi Bauer and Gerhard Nesvadba - Boerne - 2nd Saturday Boerne, TX
OCT 11
2nd Saturday Art & Wine -  Featuring renowned photo-realism artist, Thomas Arvid  - Boerne - 2nd Saturday Boerne, TX

Thursday, June 19, 2014

American Plains Artists Show

Mark your calendars for Thursday July 1 , 2014 for the annual American Plains Artists Show and Sale

At Fort Concho San Angelo, Texas. Come out to support J.R. Mooney Gallery artist, Bill Scheidt as he displays his signature aesthetic of contemporary Western Art.

Bill Scheidt and the Battle of Walkers Creek

JR Mooney Gallery Artist, Bill Scheidt 

showcasing his new painting 

commemorating the Battle of Walker's 

Creek for the city of Sisterdale, Texas

Congrats BILL!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Purple Mountains Majesty

Cliff Cavin, a San Antonio based artist has been working in the Texas art community for over 3 and a half decades, giving a unique voice to impressionistic landscapes of Texas and New Mexico. Cavin painted what he found inspiring, seeking success by way of painting what he has liked. Opening June 14, 2014, Cavin will premier his spotlight hanging exhibition at JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, Boerne with an exhibition titled: "Purple Mountains Majesty", (Redux)

His work, simple and elegant has not drastically changed over the last ten years. Minus earlier successes of his loose watercolors, rural husbandry, and quasi-western painting, Cavin’s signature scenery aesthetic is pure; harkening back to the principles of our impressionistic forefathers – capturing light, gauging time of day; giving in to tones, shadows, and infinite spatial definitions.

However, in the select hanging exhibition at J.R. Mooney Galleries, “Purple Mountains Majesties (Redux)” contrasting light, values, and tones make for bold statements of color choices.  Cavin’s blues, purples, oranges, and greens mock each other for audacious visual adventures.  He cements the visual stimulus with a jovial rendition of stark lighting casted down by light of day, evening or glorious morning.

Golden Shadows, a mostly orange and carroty painting is balanced by blues that fade to a certain cerulean atmosphere that draws us up in to the clouds. The vast skyline is anchored by the core of the painting – the background with its mountains and hard edged definition. These deliberate divisions make simple strata in the painting, giving way to compositional horizons that play off acute angles; a thoroughly thought-out configuration with stark contrasts coupled with simple color theory.

“I found the colors of my surroundings, Texas and New Mexico to be my muse and hoped my audience felt the same; evolving in style and aesthetic along the way.”

For more information contact J.R. Mooney Galleries at 830-816-5106. The gallery is located at 305 S. Main St. Boerne, Texas 78006.

By: Gabriel Diego Delgado

Friday, May 16, 2014

Panoramic images of the Boerne, Texas Gallery (JR Mooney Galleries of Fine Art)

These are random images of the current interior of the JR Mooney Galleries, Boerne location. I know some of you in San Antonio and Houston have not made it out to see us, so I thought I would share some images of the current set up. The interior changes monthly depending on the exhibition and spotlight hanging.

The current exhibition, "Unveiling Texas", features Jose Vives-Atsara and Russell Stephenson