This post is part of our series on Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's Tulsa Art Studio Tour 2014. A self-guided tour, the Tulsa Art Studio Tour showcases the talent of artists who live and work in Tulsa.Today we are featuring Tour artist Derek Penix.
Inspired by Nicolai Fechin and French Impressionists, artist Derek Penix creates colorful impressionistic scenes of nature and marine life. Looking for the abstract rather than reality, his oil paintings capture the essence and impression of a subject, frequently changing the colors of the subjects. "My goal is to not have a routine way to paint," he says.
Penix did not enjoy drawing growing up, though his mother was an artist, but always wanted to work for Walt Disney. He started painting after high school and once he sold some work, started to take it more seriously. Largely self taught, Penix was recognized in South West Art Magazine's "21 Under 31" artist competition in 2010.
|Boat in Cassis France, Derek Penix, oil, 24x24"|
|Tour Artist Derek Penix in his studio|