After decades of "hobby" painting, Waxahachie resident and native Texan Kent Brewer decided to join a local group of plein-air painters in the summer of 2007. And so it began, a newfound enthusiasm to paint more consistently and express himself in a completely different way. A few years later he decided to try his hand at oils, retiring the watercolors after a 30-year run. "Switching to oils, combined with painting outdoors, was life-changing for me, as-far-as quality and quantity of work. Not to mention that it allowed me to plug-in to the community of artists that call this area home."
Kent focuses on creating landscapes in the southwestern United States. He considers a painting successful when it has a loose and expressive-or “painterly” feel and represents his subject matter with lots of atmosphere and a "less is more" mentality.
The title of Kent’s blog- Intrusions of Culture -came from one of his posts about a plein air outing adjacent to a herd of grazing cattle in a central Texas pasture. Far from any form of culture yet intruding on the turf of a bunch of disinterested cows.
“When you think about its association with painting on location, the title fits. Sometimes you feel a little strange, occasional even a little intrusive, painting on a street corner or on the side of a remote country road. But most observers are friendly and interested in what I'm doing. Some even asking if they can take my picture. I guess that's as close as I'll get to rock-star status.
If you see Kent out-and-about painting on location, feel free to intrude. "It's all part of the experience. And who knows... you might even be a part of the painting."
Awards and Honors
2018 - Best in Show - Paint Historic Waxahachie
2017 - Second Place (oil) ECAA Fall Members Show
2017 - Third Place - Paint Historic Waxahachie - Plein Air
2017 - Honorable Mention - Plein Air Southwest Salon
2016 - Best of Show and Artists Choice - Paint Historic Waxahachie
2015 – Artists Choice Award and Third Place – Paint Historic Waxahachie
2014 – Artists Choice Award and Honorable Mention – Paint Historic Waxahachie
2014 – Award of Merit – Plein Air Southwest Salon
2013 – Honorable Mention Outdoor Painters Society Associate Members Showcase
2013 – People’s Choice – Dallas Heritage Village Plein Air “Brush With History”
2013 – Best of Show – Paint Historic Waxahachie (plein air)
2012 – First Place – Paint Historic Waxahachie (plein air)
2011 – Best of Show – Paint Historic Waxahachie (plein air)
2010 – Best of Show – Ellis County Art Association Members Show