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Archive for August, 2013

Interview by the Houston Chronicle

August 22nd, 2013 by Nikki Smith

After receiving the FAA Artistic Merit “Tony” Award earlier this summer, I was contacted for an interview by Megan Mattingly-Arthur, writer for the Houston Chronicle. The full-page interview was published yesterday in Houston Chronicle’s “Faces in the Crowd” special feature. You can read the full article online here.

Houston Chronicle interview, 08/21/13 (preview)

The artwork featured at the top of the article is “Sweet Jenny Bursting with Music” (below) with fine art prints available here. This is one of my favorite pieces!

Also mentioned in the article is my award winning “Guitar Siren” (below) with fine art prints available here.

Finally, my “Wee Planet” photography of downtown Bryan (below; fine art prints here) was the photo that first launched me on this path and led me to consider myself seriously as an artist.

Looking back, it is amazing to see just how much my artwork has grown over the years.

I’m walking on sunshine this morning! 😀 I’m also really craving some art studio time so I can get busy and create some new artwork!

Leah Saulnier awarded the FAA Artistic Merit Award!

August 1st, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Drum roll please… It is my great privilege to announce the next winner of the FAA Artistic Merit Award, Leah Saulnier the Painting Maniac!

Leah’s artwork is wonderfully imaginative, masterfully executed, frequently laugh-out-loud humorous, and always thought provoking. As a surrealist and humorist painter, Leah is an accomplished story teller in oil with a truly distinctive style.

Koi Art by FAA Artistic Merit Award winner Leah SalnierPlaytime 2050 Fine Art PrintsArt PrintsArt PrintsArt PrintsPhotography PrintsPhotography Prints

For those of you unfamiliar with the FAA Artistic Merit Award, fondly referred to as the “Tony Award”, you can read about the history and view the official list of past Tony Award recipients here.

Congratulations to the very talented Leah!

Love Leah’s art? You can connect with Leah and view more of her incredible artwork at the links below:

Website: http://leah-saulnier.artistwebsites.com
Blog: http://paintingmaniac.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Saulnier-The-Painting-Maniac/121695561212465
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/104693612959275466592/posts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Paintingmaniac
Tumblr: http://leahsaulnierpaintingmaniac.tumblr.com/