Walt Curlee, Phenix City Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement I have been a freelance illustrator for 25 years and have worked for a who's who of corporate America including Berol Pencils, Blockbuster Videos, Cirrus Logic, Clark American, Coors, Diamond Shamrock, Duracell, Frito-Lay, GameTek, H. E. B. Brand Grocery Co., Kellogg, Lucasarts, Mattel, MCI, Procter & Gamble, Orkin, Sega Genesis, and Thermos/Warner Brothers.
Born into a military family, I am the oldest of five boys. I started drawing at an early age. Due to my obsession with doodling, I had a tendency to neglect my school work. After 4 years in the Marine Corps, I acquired my art education at the Art Institute's of Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta. I work from my home studio and enjoy living the country life in rural Alabama, with my wife Vicki. My family consists of my two sons, Rusty (US Army) and Andrew and my two stepsons, Eric and Tim (US Army). I enjoy fishing, hiking, and playing horseshoes.
I've sold work in galleries over the years, but I am currently choosing to represent myself by selling my work exclusively. The Internet allows me to offer quality works to a wonderful worldwide clientele without the costs of gallery commissions or framing. The result is a direct-from-the-artist product that is available for auction, other online venues, my personal website, or through the dozen or so juried shows that I am accepted to show at each year. My art is my livelihood and by purchasing my original paintings, illustrations and prints you help put food on the table for my family (two sons at home, 7 cats, 1 toy yorky, 2 royal palm turkeys,1 peacock,1 rooster, 3 chickens, 2 cockatiels, 2 sun conures, 1 green-cheeked conure, 2 hedgehogs,1 bearded dragon, 2 frog-eyed geckos, my wife and me).
Awards and Competitions.
January 2012-"Fine Art: Professional" category winner in the CQ26 competition, held by Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art & Design. I will be in the Spring edition of the magazine.
January 2012-one of 30 international artists from 10 countries chosen to exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery International Paintings NYC Juried Exhibition in New York City.
January 2012-one of three winning artists in the 2011
Speaking Art Award Competition, exhibiting now at Speaking Art Award online. Juror: Drew Beliakoff, artist.
December 2011-winner of Only Originals Second Annual National Invitational hosted by Only Originals Gallery of Fine Art (online). Juror: Carol Anna Fullerton-Samsel, Artist-Owner, Only Originals Gallery of Fine Art, Benton, AR.
November 2011-Best in Show, Fall Expo 2011 hosted by Infinity Art Gallery (online). Jurors: M. M. Dupay (artist), William Harrison (artist), and Igor Kraguljac (artist).
September 2011-Finalist in the Second Annual National Invitational Competition, Only Originals Gallery of Fine Art (online).
August 2011-Finalist for "Autumn Wheat Harvest", 2011 Art Kudos International Competition. Juror: Holly Koons McCullough, former
Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Telfair Museum of Art in
August 2011-August Art Competition "Seasons" online, Special Recognition for "Autumn Wheat Harvest", Light Space & Time Online Gallery.
August 2011-Patricia Miller Friebert Award in the "24th Northern National Art Competition" for "Turkeys In The Hills", Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wi. Juror/Judge: Dennis Wojtkiewicz.
July 2011-Honorable Mention for "Autumn Wheat Harvest", Landscapes 2 Online Art Competition, myartcontest.com
May 2011- Award of Excellence and three Special Recognition awards in the 13th Annual Contemporary Art Juried Online International Art Exhibition sponsered by Upstream People Gallery. Juror: Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Juror's Statement: WALT CURLEE of Phenix City, Alabama is truly a fine artist. His oil paintings are full of detailed imagery in a realistic sett