East Texas landscapes provide inspiration for East Texas artist Arthur Sekula

Published on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:00 - Written by

AUGUSTA ROBINSON, augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com

A simple drive through the rolling hills of East Texas can yield a seemingly endless amount of painting ideas for artist Arthur Sekula.

Sekula, 58, of Jacksonville, specializes in creating landscapes and architectural paintings, and he prefers to bring his works to life through the use of watercolors.

He draws inspiration from everything from fields of bluebonnets to leaning fence posts and pastures of boundless trees and bales of hay.

He aims to create, naturalistic settings that convey a calmness and strength while also embracing what he calls happy accidents.

“If I’m making a cloud, that cloud is going to change up several times with me because I’m trying to imitate what nature is doing, and I’m trying to make it as haphazard as possible,” he said. “Sometimes things just happen and I just go with the flow. It always works out.”

Born in San Antonio, Sekula knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue his artistic interest. Around the time he was in the sixth grade, he recalls entering a poster contest for a bicycle safety rodeo competition.

His entry of a poster themed “Watch Out for the Other Guy,” where two cyclists seemed destined to collide in an intersection, earned him third place and a spot hanging in a local mall.

“I thought wow this is cool,” he said. “I’ve been doing contest and shows to this day.”

Earlier this year, Sekula had three of his pieces selected into the 45th International Art Show at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and received two awards. He also has enjoyed participating in dozens of events throughout his career, such as the Edom Festival of the Arts, and having his work featured in various museums, galleries, contests and exhibits.

Throughout the majority of his career as an artist, Sekula has also nourished the talent of art students.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Stephen F. Austin University and an all-level teaching certification. For 21 years, he’s taught art in public schools throughout East Texas.

His passion for fostering the artistic talents of young people has perhaps also rubbed off on his view of creating art.

“I happen to believe that you want to have a little bit of a childlike (quality) in you in painting because it gives you a little more freedom,” Sekula said. “I’ve got the technique and the craftsmanship and everything else. You’ve got to kind of let that go and let things flow.”