Local young artist, Samuel Vidrine, recently achieved acceptance of two of his pieces in the 2023 Bosque Art Classic in Clifton, Texas, just west of Waco. At age 20, he is the youngest artist to have his work accepted for the show.
Samuel spoke to the Winnfield Rotary Club about his art and his experience at the Bosque Art Classic at their meeting on September 20. Although he was not awarded one of the prestigious prizes, the entry of his work in the show was an honor, especially for someone so young. The Bosque Classic is an annual juried and judged art show and sale which draws entries from all over the world.
Samuel has been involved in art lessons and making art throughout his school years, and has taken lessons with local artist Gail Shelton for several years. Mrs. Gail encouraged him to submit some of his art for entry in the Bosque Classic, which is open to all artists who create realistic/representational art, this year.
Samuel’s favored medium is pointillism done with black and gray pens by placing different sized dots on the paper to create an image as it appears in real life, almost like a tattoo. He begins with the darkest part of the image and progresses to the lighter portions of the image, ending with the lightest. The white portions of his images are simply the art paper.
Some of the original images Samuel brought for the viewing of the Rotary members were his representations of log trucks and heavy equipment, as well as images of pretty girls. These pictures take an enormous amount of concentration, and a great deal of time. Samuel estimates that he spends between 150 and 200 hours on each piece.
He has also begun to make his own prints of his work, some of which are on sale at Gail Shelton’s Pea Patch Gallery.