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Rising Stars: Meet Drew Boatright

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Boatright.

Hi Drew, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in Sweetwater, TX and went to southwestern university in Georgetown, TX, where I received my business and art degrees. I moved to Fort Worth after college and found the Texas Academy of Figurative Art where I continued my study of art in contemporary realism. Since graduating, I have maintained a studio at TAFA while also becoming an instructor of drawing and painting. Currently, I am busy with commissions doing landscapes and portraiture.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle I have had is making the leap to become a full-time professional artist. I have had a lot of support from my family and friends and especially from my wife Kerry.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I spend most of my time painting landscapes and portraits. Lately, I have been busy with commissions for ranch owners, painting scenes that are sentimental to them. My goal is to create a realistic scene with a contemporary feel by utilizing interesting compositions, color schemes, and/or paint application. I also enjoy the occasional still life painting, which is what launched my professional career.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I see a big shift in the way artists market and sell their work. Social media (specifically Instagram) has allowed artists to directly connect to buyers all over the country, reaching a broader audience than only gallery based marketing.

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