Biography

As an artist who has been painting for over 30 years, much of my inspiration has been derived from annual excursions to natural, remote areas such as Big Bend National Park, the Sierra Gigantes of Baja, Mexico, and the rainforests of Central America. I began bringing my paints in my backpack and combining hiking and painting on location, often under harsh conditions. These paintings have been shown in the Chisos Gallery in Marathon, near Big Bend, and at the Art Car Museum in Houston, and in currated shows. My painting of the Rio Grande River was reproduced for the Texas Green Show brochure at the Art Car Museum. Also, the plein air studies have provided background information for my larger, allegorical paintings which have been shown in various galleries and art spaces in Texas.

I am a member of the Friends of Big Bend and have reported rare sightings of wildlife to the rangers in the BBNP. My wife and I have hiked in the Nosara biological reserve, and several other private reserves in Mexico and reforestation projects Costa Rica. We were also invited to tour a reforestation project in Panama which is connected to the Smithsonian Institute. Our experiences have taught us to appreciate the beauty of nature and the importance of conservation.

We live in a historic home and believe in reducing the waste of useful building materials and the preservation of structures. We have a green household and an organic yard which has become a habitat for migrating birds and butterflies. I was an Eagle Scout, and worked on many environmental and conservation and clean-up projects which planted the seeds for my later committment to the conservation of nature and the preservation of habitats.

I am very interested in combining my love of both art and nature. To me, it means that I have come full circle in my art career, and have reached a higher purpose.

http://www.jeffreybrailas.com

Major Exhibitions

The Muses: Art About the Arts, San Angelo Museum of Art, 2014

Permanent Collection, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, 2014

Artist Talk, Looking at Art, Marshal and Victoria Lightman Lecture Series, Houston, 2013

Myth, Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ Artscan Gallery, Houston, Tx., 2013

Texas Mysticism, Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery, Austin, Tx., 2012

National Juried Biennial: Figurative Painting, Amarillo Museum of Art, Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Juror, 2011
First Prize - What Texas Means to Me -2010
Hunting Art Prize Finalist - 2010 
Hunting Art Prize Finalist - 2008
For the Love of Art - Major Retrospective of Artist's Work, 
Art Car Museum - 2007
Grand Prize - Visual Arts Alliance, Houston - 2001
Grand Prize - Bucking the Texas Myth, Dougherty Art Center,
Austin - 1998
Diverse Works Art Space, Houston - 1994
Magical Mysteries, Art Beat Gallery, Houston - 1990
Another Reality, A Traveling Exhibition - Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston; McNay Museum, San Antonio; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock - 1990
Inclusion into the Barrett Collection of Texas Art