Meeting Date/Time : 3rd Sat of every month from September through May (Social get together 9 AM -Business meeting at 9:30 AM - Demo 10:30 AM until around noon) call Mary for more information at 713-443-2675

No Meeting in March--NWAL Spring Show is Mar 18-19,2017 at the Church

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Cypress Creek Christian Church 6823 Cypresswood Drive Spring, TX 77379.

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We had a good turnout for the January meeting. Polly Ward and Mary Friday were handing out copies of this year's yearbook. Come to the next meeting to get a copy! After our social half-hour, Jerry Sue tried calling the meeting to order, but she had to use the gavel to get anyone's attention!
Artists are good cooks and we had some great snacks!
Connie McMahan reported that the workshop coming up with Judi Coffey was full. Good News! That should be fun and instructive!
The meetings are interesting because some of the artists will bring in what they are working on. This is Anita Burgess who traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming recently. She had one of her beautiful winter photographs displayed on metal at a curve. It was pretty interesting and BEAUTIFUL!
Jenelle Chamberlain introduced the demonstration artist, Doug Hiser.

DOUG HISER - Artistry In The Wild

Modern Tarzan In Today's Renaissance

Doug Hiser readily admits his life resembles a cartoon: funny, and exciting with many "Coyote falls off the cliff and lands in a puff of dust at the bottom" vignettes. A fitting description for this character of a man, Hiser fashions himself a modern day Tarzan. Living in a suburban jungle on the banks of a bayou in Dickinson, Texas, Hiser is a master at traversing the wilds and wrapping it all up in a renaissance of creativity meant to inspire a closer look at the world around us.

Growing up on a small farm in Santa Fe, Texas with assorted animals, Hiser enjoyed the freedom to explore the prairies and woods capturing anything that crawled, jumped or flew, not knowing these animals would become his life’s calling.

“I really was a young Tarzan! Reading the books made me want to be ‘in’ nature,” Hiser says. “My dad helped by building cages and enclosures for the small zoo of turtles, armadillos, opossums, gar, bullfrogs, horned lizards, snakes and birds. Now, as an adult, I capture them in a different way and show them off in paintings and stories.”

What started out as sketching wildlife moved to incorporating heroic figures from cherished comics and novels into his art. With no formal art program during school, Hiser turned to sports playing football, baseball, basketball, and running track. Not straying from his artistic talents, he regularly drew athletes with pencil by looking at photos in the newspaper.

It was during his senior year that Hiser picked up “Journey to the Center to the Earth” by Jules Verne. Opening a floodgate that still flows to this day, Hiser dove into books by John Norman, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz and more. Influenced by these works, he took to writing to express the angst he was experiencing. It began with poetry and grew into stories that would become bestselling novels on Amazon.

Entering his first art show in 1980 (which won a Best of Show), Hiser took a different course as life intervened and artistic pursuits were put on hold as he worked at the Texas City Post Office (1978 to 2004), got married and had children.

To satisfy his artistic passions, Hiser enrolled in the Humanities program at University of Houston Clear Lake and graduated in 1996 as Student of the Year with a degree in Applied Design and Visual Art. At the time of his enrollment, he was a master at pencil and ink and was thrilled at the introduction to color, collage, sculpture, and exploration. With a repertoire of pieces that ranged from his own style of "Elaborism" (the illumination of wildlife art), Hiser dabbled in surrealism and hyper-abstraction, learning a variety of different mediums before developing skills in watercolor.

“Even though I have become a professional wildlife artist using watercolors, my technique and styles are all my own – invented in my own studio,” Hiser proclaims. “I have never taken any instruction in watercolor and I don’t follow the ‘Old Guard Fine Art Rules.’ I think that might have been a blessing as it’s allowed me to develop my own unique style and I almost always incorporate ink and color pencils – even White-out – in my watercolors.”

Hiser's love of writing resurfaced as he participated in the Writer’s in Schools project and won the 1993 Houston Poetry Slam at the famed punk rock club, Catal Huyuk. He also published a poetry chapbook, “Shards of Lies,” in 1993, followed by “The Seven Rages (Lust to Love).” During his studies he was introduced to the works of authors Rick Bass, Alice Hoffman, and Joe Lansdale and self-published his first book, “Bite Of The Mailman.”

Once again turning his energies to artistic pursuits, Hiser entered and won first place in the Texas City Art Festival in 2001 and published several works including “Secret Grotto,” an award winning short story anthology, the novel “Cavern of the Eggstone,” and “Lost Oasis,” a poetry anthology. In 2003 Hiser’s first hardback “Crow Canyon” debuted as did the young adult anthology, “Wink Eye Creek.” In 2006 the novel, “The Honey Bee Girl,” topped the Amazon Bestsellers list; this feat was also accomplished in 2011 with “Montana Mist.” His most distinguished honor came in 2012 when his alma matter deemed him a Distinguished Alumni and awarded him a portrait, ring and inscription on the Alumni Wall at the university. Kicking off 2014 in style, Hiser’s works were displayed at Brazosport College Center for the Arts & Sciences in “Painted Jungles - Wild Art by Doug Hiser.”

As Hiser continues his pursuit of being Tarzan, he travels the world for inspiration. With Gayln (his wife of 14 years) by his side, the two have visited Kenya, The Pantanal in Brazil, The Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Florida’s Everglades, Yellowstone National Park, the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver Island in search of wild animals and colorful landscapes.A trip to the Alaskan wilderness is in the works for summer of 2014.

“I love wildlife and have traveled the globe in search of wild art. My books will touch your heart while my art will show you the amazing colors of animal life on our planet.”

Sensitive and imaginative, Hiser creates paintings to convey an awareness of the world around us, captures the magic that we should never lose in nature and writes stories that bring it to life. His unique paintings and exotic words are thrilling and the emotions he instills hang around long after the ink has faded.

Hiser, a dedicated athlete and bodybuilder, was a regular contestant on the “American Gladiators” TV show. He remembers that era fondly, but the work he does today is so dear to his heart, he might tear up talking about it. Hiser is an art teacher in a charter school in an economically depressed part of Texas.

Montana Mist: Winter of the White Wolf

In the remote Montana wilderness, a mountain man, who was once a professional athlete, lives his life in seclusion while protecting and raising orphan wolves. Giving his heart to Sassy, a young woman hitchhiking across America, he guards his secrets and another woman in his life, the beautiful and blind "Shy Girl."

As the wolf pack roams the mountains, he searches for Mist, the white wolf he raised and released into the harsh snowy forested peaks.

With ties to the wolves that are as close as the bond with his new love, Montana Mist is the story of one man's secrets, the two women in his life, and the wild wolves in the last untamed region man has not touched. A man shaped by the mystery of his past, and the complication of his future, this adventure of his heart threatens to destroy his precious solitary world of mountain, wolverine, moose, elk, and wolf.
"Doug Hiser is an author of several books and a professional fine artist of all media, illustration, sculpture, and collage. After winning the Houston Poetry Slam in 1993 he published three poetry chapbooks, SHARDS OF LIES, THE SEVEN RAGES, and WHISKEY MOON. He grew up in Santa Fe, Texas and graduated from the University of Houston CL as Student of the Year in 1996. His art adorns galleries and has won numerous awards. He is currently working on two new novels. He lives in Dickinson, Texas with his wife, Gayln, and their many birds. He enjoyed an instant of fame while appearing on the television show AMERICAN GLADIATORS in 1992. Doug and his wife are avid soccer players and love all sports." Amazon.com

Doug is an accomplished artist, but also a prolific author who has written a LOT of books! Check out his books on his website: http://www.doughiser.com/books

He constantly sketches. This was one of his sketch books. The drawings were great, but so was the decoration on the outside of his sketch book!!!
He is Multi Talented!

He takes part in workshops with the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation. Check them out at their website -- click here.

He brought some of his watercolors.

Some of Doug's Works from his website:

He participated in the "Bootiful Wimberly" ART BOOT extravaganza! Click Here for that!
He did a slide show to show some of his works.
Zebras
House on a Hill
Skeletal Swordfish
When he's in Africa, he does "Earth Art". He uses the surroundings to construct an art piece that he leaves there!