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Art Milestones

Why a Second Career in Art?

My great granduncle, Rafael Eiroa, was an artist in the late XIX century Spain. One of his paintings was in my parents? home. It was a middle age woman sitting in a dilapidated straw chair. Her eyes were unfixed and gazed into space. It was almost as if she was waiting to catch the opportunity she did not have. Every night I fell to sleep thinking about her, about opportunities, the future, and most definitively that I wanted to paint like my uncle Rafael.


After the Spanish Civil war, my family like many others immigrated to Argentina looking for the freedom they did not have. I still remember vividly those 21 days crossing the ocean aboard the steamship Buena Esperanza (Good Hope). My great granduncle?s large canvas was carefully removed from the frame by my father, rolled and stored into a trunk labeled ?memories from Spain?.


Many years had passed before my mother decided to open the trunk. The canvas was severely damaged. I was a teenager and had forgotten the woman sitting in a chair. Nevertheless, my parents knowing my interest for art suggested that I repair her. I bought oils and brushes and I did it! I knew then what I wanted to become. But when I told my father about my desire to enter the school of art he said ?study son, you will always have time to paint?.


I became a physician and soon after graduation I moved to the USA with my wife and daughter looking for freedom and opportunities, like my parents did. It has been a great 40 years journey but I never found time to paint like my father said.

Thus, I left medicine and science at age 60 to find time to paint. My youngest son Rafael after reading this statement he smiled and firmly said ?I will start a career in art this fall semester?. If I finish wanting to paint like my uncle Rafael and my son Rafael, I would say it is not a bad way to end.  

Presentations at Juried Shows.-

2009

Greenville Museum of Art Annual Juried Show. Greenville, NC

Only in California and The Magic Five Minutes in the Morning

2011

Pastel Society of North Carolina, Winter Exhibition. Greensboro, NC

The Beach at Acadia National Park

2013

Ninth Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Old Forge, NY

I am not a little girl anymore

2013

27th Annual International Exhibit. Northwest Pastel Society. Tacoma, WA

At Acadia National Park

2013

First Carteret County Juried Art Show by Michael Dorsey former

Dean of the School of Art at East Carolina University. Emerald Isle, NC

Shall I grow up? and At the Poconos Mountains

2013

North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition. On Common

Grounds: Pastel Paintings From The Mountains To The Sea.

I am not a little girl anymore

2013

The 23rd International Association of Pastel Societies Juried

Exhibition. Marshfield, MA

I am not a little girl anymore

2013

9th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition 2013

I am not a little girl anymore

2014

The Southeastern Pastel Society 16th International Exhibition.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. Atlanta, GA

I am Not Alone and Dreaming About Spring

2014

28th Annual International Exhibit. Northwest Pastel Society.

Tacoma, WA

At Acadia National Park

2014

Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, View.Old Forge NY

Maternity

2014

Degas Pastel Society Fifteenth Biennial National Exhibition. New

Orleans, LA.

Maternity and I am not alone

2014

Southeastern Pastel Society On-Line Juried Exhibition.

Choices

2015

Southeastern 2015 juried members exhibition. Quinlan Visual Art

Center, Gainesville, GA.

Maternity

2015

Degas Pastel Society Nineteenth Membership Exhibition. New

Orleans, LA

Choices and I am not a little girl anymore

2015

The Peninsula Art League 2015 Open Juried Show. Harbor

History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA

Maternity and The hug 

2015

117th Annual Juried Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond IN.

Choices 

2105

Indiana Artists Member Exhibition 2015, Minnetrista Museum, Muncie IN

Dreaming about Spring 

2015

Southeastern Pastel Society 2015 Online Exhibition

What are you thinking?   

2016

84th Annual Juried Exhibition. Indiana Artists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Maternity

2017

85th Annual Juried Exhibition. Indiana Artists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

I am not Alone  

2017

Degas Pastel Society Twentieth Membership Exhibition.

Selfie to the Sunglasses

2017

Pure Color 2017. Pastel Society of North Carolina.

Why

2017

Sixth Biennial National Juried Open Exhibition, Pastels Chicago

Birthday Party

2017

Indiana Artists Annual Members Exhibition

The joy of Life 

2017

Southeastern Pastel Society, online memebers showcase

Healthy

2018

Seventh Biennial Member Juried Exhibition, Strokin' VII!

Our Polititians

2018

Southeastern Pastel Society"s 2018 Juried 18th International Exhibition

Selfies at the glasses  

2018

Hoosier Salon, New Harmony Gallery

Are we ready to leave home?      

One Person Shows.-  

2013

Emerald Isle Recreation Center, Emerald Isle, NC

2013

Bogue Banks Public Library, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

2013

Arts for the Hospital, Carteret Hospital, Morehead City, NC

Presentations at Non Juried Shows.-

2013

Art for the Heart Annual Exhibition. Carteret County Art Council.

Morehead City, NC .

?I am not a little girl any more? and ?The beach at Emerald Isle?

Awards/Honors/Publications.-

2012

The Editor Choice: Celebration of Water?. Art & Beyond Vol. 6,

page 16, 2012.

2013

Juried Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA)

2013

Featured Artist of the Week with "Are we ready to leave home?" at

Artists Registry.com

2013

Featured Artwork @The Library. The Shoreline, Vol. 9, No. 8, p. 10

2013

Featured Pastel Artist. News-Time, Vol. 102, No.59, p.

2013

News and Mentions. Art Line, Pastel Society of NC. Vol. 2013 May

2014

The Artist's Magazine. Annual Art Competition. Portrait/Figure

Third Place Winer "I am not a little girl anymore"

2015

Juried Full Member of the Degas Pastel Society.    

2015

Juried Full Member of the Indiana Artists Club

Professional Societies and Memberships.-

2008 - 2012

The Indiana Art Association

2009 - Present

Hoosier Salon, Patron Association and Fine Art Gallery

2009 - 2012

Northern Indiana Pastel Society

2012 - 2014

Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Inc., NC

2012 - 2014

Seaside Arts Council, NC

2012 - 2014

Art Council of Carteret County, NC

2012- 2014

Pastel Society of North Carolina

2012- 2014

Greenville Museum of Art, NC

2013- Present

Juried Associate Member Pastel Society of America (PSA)

2013- Present

Northwest Pastel Society

2014- Present

Southeastern Pastel Society

2014 - Present

Juried Signature Member of the Degas Pastel Society

2018

Member of Excellence, Southeastern Pastel Society

Invited Lectures. -

?The role of art in society?. Lookout Rotary Club, Morehead City, NC 2012


?The Past and Present of Pastel Painting?. At the Art for the Hospital Annual Meeting.

Carteret Community Hospital, Morehead City, NC 2013

Consultant/Advisory Activities. -

Member of the Board of Arts for the Hospital. Carteret County Community Hospital, Morehead City, NC


Member of the Jury for Arts for the Heart, Student Category, Carteret County Art Council, Morehead City, NC

Art education.-

2008-2010

Semester Courses in Fine Art at the Indianapolis Art Center.

2010-2012

Study in Fine Art at CCC College, Morehead City, NC

2011-Present

Participation at Workshops, critic sections and art classes with

experience artists such us W. Creevy, R. McKinley, P. Newell.