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  • My Life As An Artist

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    It all probably started in kindergarten when I liked to experiment with different color combinations. Like I noticed grey and pink or red and tan looked really good together. Lots of people ask me how long I have been painting.  Sometimes I say about "10 or 12 years, as a serious artist." Sometimes I say "all my life-- on and off."

    Being an artist is hard to define. People who are good at putting on make-up are nowadays are called artists. Who am I to argue?


    But back to my personal history.


    I am starting this blog as an addition to my web site and thought it would be a good time to introduce myself officially, as an Artist, with a capital A, to my friends, collectors, other artists, viewers, galleries and anyone else who stumbles onto my web site.


    So here goes.


    After kindergarten, I have to give my parents a lot of credit for bringing out the artist in me. They noticed that I liked to draw and paint and encouraged my activities. One of my most vivid memories is when I was about 10 years old my parents took me to Greenwich Village in New York City with them. They took me to an art supply store and bought me a real artists box, with oil paints and brushes. This left an indelible memory--and message--they thought of me as an artist. It was quite a vote of confidence for a 10 year old.


    In those years I never thought of myself as an artist, in spite of lots of lessons and encouragement from my parents.


    And, I hate to admit it, but I dropped the whole endeavor for about 10 years until after college.


    When I was first married and had young children, painting became a great hobby which I enjoyed a lot. I took lessons and made many paintings, some of which I am still proud of.


    Then life took another big turn:  divorce and law school and business career took my time and energy. There were years when I did nothing at all in terms of art. There were years when I managed to fit in a class or two. And sometimes I was able to paint on my own for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.


    I experimented with different mediums--oil, acrylic, watercolors, collage--and continued to try to keep my creative juices flowing. Art was a part time hobby at best.


    Then in 1996 I retired from the world of work. With lots of free time for the first time in many years I decided to take up painting seriously.


    I began painting a on regular schedule at my home studio. I began going to extended workshops. I joined artist groups. And began to think of myself as an Artist.


    I would like to think that over the last dozen years or so my art evolved and developed. Today painting is definitely a part of my identity--when I think of who I am as person--Artist is on that list.


    My life as an Artist today? I paint at a studio several days a week. Join discussion groups with other artist. Keep up with the gallery scene, here in Dallas at some wonderful galleries like and and Another favorite is   On my travels to Austin, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Denver, New York and Paris its always fun to check out the local art scene.


    Sometimes I am lucky enough to have a show like the one at Or be part of a group exhibition at the Texas Visual Artists Association, . Or get accepted into a competition or magazine like  Studio City Magazine,


    I can truly say being an Artist, with a capital A, is fun and rewarding. It keeps me invigorated.


    To contact Esther Ritz to view or purchase her art, visit the contact page and get in touch.

  • Esther Ritz Short Biography

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    Esther Ritz, born New York City, has been working as a painter in Dallas and Santa Fe for the last 12 years. She is a lifelong painter, mostly self educated, but has studied at intensive workshops with French and American master painters.


    She is represented by the Haley-Henman Gallery in Dallas, and has had 2 solo shows under their sponsorship, as well as participated in their group shows.


    She has also had a solo show in Santa Fe at the Read Johnson Gallery.


    In addition she has shown at numerous local venues such as the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Bath House Cultural Center, AlSo Gallery, 500X and many of the TVAA group shows. She has been selected to participate in 3 TVAA Citation Juried National Shows and the Creative Arts Center juried show in 2011.


    In 2010 her work was juried and selected to be in the national magazine Studio Visit.


    Her numerous corporate and individual collectors are found throughout the U.S.

  • Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum

    If you are anywhere within a few hours drive of the Dallas Arboretum, donʼt miss the current exhibition of the Chihuly modern art glass exhibition. You still have plenty of time to catch this amazing show, as it runs until November 5, 2012.
    I would recommend going on a glorious cool autumn evening like I did last evening. With the cool breezes from White Rock Lake, and the sun setting in the distance, it was a perfect setting to experience these Chihuly masterpieces.
    These contemporary artworks are colorful, flamboyont and fanciful. Even for those who claim not to understand modern art, they will undoubtedly evoke emotion and understanding.
    As you walk through the magnificent gardens of the Dallas Arboretum, you will gently discover these fantastic glass shapes mingling with the plants in the landscape. It is truly a marriage of complementary forms in every respect.
    Yes, this is contemporary art that is modern, abstract, beautiful and fun. Go as soon as you can.






  • Texas Visual Arts Association in the News

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    I have been a member of the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) for several years and find it an excellent way for an emerging artist to get exposure for their  art work.


    The TVAA is a nonprofit organization organized and administered by local artist. It sponsors monthly exhibitions for its members, both at its downtown Gallery location and other venues in Dallas. 


    It is also a great way for local artists to meet and support each other.


    I am fortunate to have been selected to show in 2 upcoming TVAA exhibitions. The Collage Exhibition opens on November 1, 2012 at their downtown Gallery at Plaza of the Americas. It runs all month through November 30. I will be exhibiting 3 works from my Mix and Match series.


    I am very excited that one of my works, Press Play, was chosen to be part of the TVAA annual Citation show. This is a juried show and only 60 pieces are selected, so it is quite an honor. The Citation show is from November 6 to December 14, 2012 and is at the PFamily Arts of Plano at 4017 Preston Rd. #544 LakeSide Market Plano, Tx.


    For more information on both these events go to


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  • Dallas Arts Revue, A Local Website for Artist

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    The Dallas Arts Revue is a web site primarily aimed at both Dallas artists and those interested in the local Dallas art scene.


    It is published and run by J R Compton, a local artist in his own right.


    Artists can join for a small annual fee. They can have their web site linked there and as well as have photos of their art shown.

    Recently one of my works, About Face was featured on their front page.


    The site reviews local gallery exhibitions and comments on them. By reading the Dallas Arts Revue frequently, you can keep abreast of whats happening in Dallas. Often it covers events that more major media do not cover.


    It also lists opportunities for local Dallas artists to exhibit their work or enter competitions or find studio space.


    I recommend you take a look at it soon. Here is a link to my work, About Face:




  • Go See American Art at Amon Carter

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    You have until January 6, 2013 to go see the American Art from The Phillips Collection at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.


    It is a rare opportunity to see this collection, normally housed in Washington D.C. at the Phillips Museum, so close to home.


    The exhibit is titled “To See as Artists See” and the free catalogue and information presented throughout the show is extremely informative. Each artist’s work is put into context with the developments of the art world at that time.


    By seeing the changes in modern art from about 1860 to about 1960, one gets a brief but thorough look at that century of modern art. The show spans from Romanticism and Realism, to Impressionism, to Nature, the City, Cubism, and Abstract Expression.


    Two of my favorite modern artists are included, Georgia O’Keefe and Stuart Davis. Their use of color and form were important in the movement of Abstract art in the 20th Century.


    I recommend you take the time to go to the Amon Carter Museum at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Ft. Worth,


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  • Art Competitions for Artists


    During the last several years I have entered numerous art competitions. This is a great way for artists to get recognition and credibility. In general these art competitions are sponsored by local art organizations, galleries or museums. Sometimes they are sponsored by universities or schools.


    Often they invite jurors to review and select the winners.


    It is generally the case that the art competition is directed at a certain type of art or medium, such as sculpture, painting, drawing or even video. There is always a prospectus which outlines the criteria. In addition there is usually a small fee to enter the contest.


    If you are selected, then you must be responsible for taking or shipping your art to and from the venue of the show.


    In the past, I have been selected twice to have my art in the Studio City magazine, through  juried art competition.


    My art has also been selected numerous times to show in the juried Citation Show of the Texas Visual Arts Association.


    A good place to find listings of juried competitions is: CaFE™ Management ;  another is or





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