Temporary Exhibit - The Art of Nature

Doug and Sharon Quarles are owners of Quarles Art Gallery in Benson, Arizona where they now live. Originally from Louisiana they moved to Tucumcari, New Mexico where they lived for 10 years and established their Art Gallery in 2003. If you have traveled Route 66 or been to their website; Quarles Art.com, you will have seen the many murals Doug has painted there as well as their fine art that they displayed in their Gallery in Tucumcari. Both are self-taught in photo realistic style. They are looking forward to producing many Murals in this area as with beautification projects in other locations they have been. The Quarles' are also showing their artworks in Benson, Tucson, Sierra Vista, Willcox and Tombstone, Az.

Sharon's Statement

Memories of earlier times give me the love for things of nostalgic subjects inwhich to capture my art. Realistic painting in pastel, oil pastel and graphite, bring me and others to the bygone days. I keep a camera nearby so I can photograph subjects to use as reference for the high detail in my art. I love the challengee of detail using my chosen mediums in many subject matters which range from classic cars, toys, household item, buildings, portraits and more. Using black in my backgound either paper or canvas lends the depth that the softest of oil pastel or pressed pastels can achieve and depict with many items chosen be it flowers or chrome of a car. Even in childhood coloring books, I desired to color realistic and true colors.

Doug's Statement
My art is focused on capturing the beauty of the subject I am painting. I paint realistic, encluding as much detail as I can see, working from photo reference of my own. I look for the best light  and shadow which gives the best "POW'. Any subject can spark my attention. That moment in time should be put in my art. I paint with acrylics, fast drying is important so I can keep painting and not have to wait. Many have thin layers, painting over and over glazing where needed building up to the lightest color. Canvas or hardboard with many primer coats, is my favorite supports. Starting with a sketch on the support I paint covering the white, top to bottom, then start with what is father away then work forward. As I get closer to the finish the more excited I get. When all comes together and I feel good about the details, I can breathe again and say "Ok, whats next". When I die and go to Heaven and God asks "What have you done with the talent I gave you?", I would love to tell Him "I used it all up!"

The Art of Nature will be on exhibit at the International Wildlife Museum through January 5, 2018.

November 10, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm: Join us for light refreshments and a Meet and Greet with Doug and Sharon Quarles at the International Wildlife Museum. Free Admission.

November 14 - Buffalo Painting Class for Adults (Time TBD)
Given by Quarles Art at the International Wildlife Museum. $30/person; includes materials.

December 12 - Passenger Pigeon Painting Class for Adults (Time TBD)
Given by Quarles Art at the International Wildlife Museum. $30/person; includes materials.

To register for painting classes, please contact Amy at amys@thewildlifemuseum.org or (520)629-0100 ext. 385. Classes are limited to 10 participants each.


Past Temporary Exhibits