There is still time to sign up to help Master area artist Vickie McMillan paint two 65 foot “Spirit of the Woods” collaborative community murals for the new Texas Children’s Hospital currently under construction in The Woodlands. Under Vickie’s direction, a diverse cross-section of area people is signing on, including students ages nine to 18, teachers, representatives of area social and art nonprofits,schools, churches and hospitals. No previous art experience is required. Visit Vickie’s website at www.vickiemcmillan.com to sign up. Direct questions to Vickie via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Woodlands resident Jesse Lane takes inspiration from one of his favorite artists, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Like Caravaggio, Lane uses chiaroscuro technique — a strong emphasis on contrasts between light and dark parts of an image.
Unlike Caravaggio, who lived a reportedly tumultuous life, Lane does not get into brawls on tennis courts. Rather, Lane has a reserved demeanor and is quite humble about his artistic beginnings.
“I was terrible at it. I didn’t think I was going to try to be a professional artist at that point, but I just kept doing it,” he said. “I’d never been good at anything before, so it became the thing I was best at and how I defined myself.”
Lane began drawing with colored pencils in 2005. Ten years later, now age 25, the graduate of The Woodlands High School is an award-winning artist, having won first place in The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival’s Student Art Scholarship Program and, this month, the Derwent/Conté À Paris – ColArt Americas Award for Exceptional Merit in the 23rd International Exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America in Atlanta.