About the Artist

Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Growing up Penix was surrounded by artists in his family as his mother and grandfather painted. Penix did not pursue painting until after graduating high school. Penix’s mother encouraged him to pursue his talent and took his paintings down to a local gallery where he sold his first piece.
 
Through the years Penix has been inspired by old masters such as Nicolai Fechin, Sargent and the French Impressionists, but it has been over the last few years that Penix has been the most influenced by artist Quang Ho. Penix had the opportunity to take a workshop under Mr. Ho and later to study with him. Since then, Penix believes his paintings have grown more in the last two years than in his last twelve years of painting.

 As an artist Penix gains inspiration from his environment whether that be at the park, in his home, or traveling abroad. He enjoys the freedom to paint different subject matter and has learned to push himself to try new things, even if they are out of his comfort zone.
Penix was recognized in South West Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010. He continues to paint full time as a professional artist and strives to advance his skill.

Special Honors/Competitions:
The Artist Magazine's Annual Art Competition: 2nd Place Landscape (2013)
National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society: Best Landscape (2013)
American Impressionist Society 14th Annual Juried Exhibition: 3rd Place (2013)
RayMar: Finalist (August 2013)
The Laumeister Competition: 2nd Place (2013)
Ray Mar: Finalist (June 2013)
RayMar: Finalist (April 2013)
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: First Place (Spring 2013)
Oil Painters of America 22nd National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: Seascape Honorable Mention (May 2013)
BAA 60th Annual Spring Show 2013: Best of Show
Bold Brush: Third Place (March 2013)
RayMar: Finalist (March 2013)
Ray Mar: Finalist (February 2013)
RayMar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition: 3rd Place (2013)
Ray Mar: Finalist (November 2012)
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition: Award of Excellence (2012)
Bold Brush: "Best of Show" (August 2012)
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Summer 2012)
Oil Painters of America 2012 National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: President's Award of Excellence
Bold Brush: Finalist (May 2012)
Ray Mar: Finalist (May 2012)
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Spring 2012)
BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 2012: Best of Show "The Beach"
BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 2012: 3rd Place "Boats in the French Riviera"
Ray Mar: Finalist (March 2012)
Bold Brush: Judge (January 2012)
Ray Mar: Finalist (Dec. 2011)
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Fall 2011)
Bold Brush: "Best of Show" (October 2011)
Bold Brush: Finalist (July 2011)
Bold Brush: Finalist (June 2011)
Ray Mar: Finalist (May 2011)
Southest Art:  21 under 31 Finalist (September 2010)
Ray Mar: Finalist (April 2010)         
                                                                                                                                                                     
Education/Workshops:
Quang Ho- Art Student's League of Denver
C.W. Mundy
Gay Faulkenberry- Scottsdale Art School
                                                                                                                                                                    
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2013  Willow Brush Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2009  Harweldon Mansion, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2008  Harweldon Mansion, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2007   Fine Art and Soul Gallery, Valencia, California
2007  Gail Roth Gallery, San Clemente, California
2006  Zieglars, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2006  Family and Children's Services, Tulsa, Oklahoma
                                                                                                                      
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Small Works Great Wonders
2013 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art 3rd Annual Juried Salon Show
2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society's Best of America Exhibition
2013 Howard Mandville Small Works Show
2013 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition
2013 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition
2013 California Museum of Fine Art Fall Exhibition
2013 Gallery 1261 "Group Exhibition" (July 26-Sept. 14)
2013 Gallery 1261 "New Works/New Voices" (April 19th-June 1st)
2013 Gallery 1261 "Rethinking Western" Group Show (January-February)
2012 American Impressionist Society's National Juried Exhibition
2012 Gallery 1261 Small Works Show
2012 Abend Gallery's 22nd Annual Holiday Miniatures Show
2012 Waterhouse Gallery's Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition 2012
2012 American Impressionist Society's 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition
2012 Oil Painters of America's Western Regional Juried Exhibition
2012 Oil Painters of America's 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition
2012 Abend Gallery's Artist Show
2012 Waterhouse Gallery's Small Gems Show
2011 Abend Gallery's 21st Annual Miniature Show
2011 Waterhouse Gallery's 6th Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition
2008 Guest Artist for Oklahoma Society of Impressionists
                                                                                                                                             
Publications:
American Art Collector (May 2014)