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Canyon Lake Art Guild, established in 1984, is a non-profit organization, a creative, ongoing presence in the community supporting local charities. Each year the Art Guild proudly awards an art scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

Artist Introduction

“I read quite a few years ago that the “arts” is for entertaining, I believe “entertaining” helps us to escape some of the “not” so pleasurable happenings in our life, if only for a short time. That is why we go to art museums, plays, symphonies, movies and even TV… We relax, renew and are ready to face reality again. That is my goal for my artwork. I want the viewer to stop, feel, smile and perhaps see something they haven’t noticed before, in their busy lifestyle.
R.J. Ball

I received my first “1st Place” Blue ribbon, for the painting titled “Paint What You Love”, in 2008. I have adopted that title as my painting theme, and always try to keep it in mind when I am thinking of what to paint next.

People and animals are my favorite subject, but I do venture out occasionally.

I am a self taught artist, but have been very fortunate to have taken and will continue to take, classes and workshops from very talented artists, wanting to share their knowledge. My books, DVDs, and magazines increase yearly.

Professional Organizations
Canyon Lake Art Guild
New Braunfels Art League
Texas Pastel Society – charter member

2013, 3rd, Place, W/C, Pastel Drawing, “Waiting”
2013, 2nd, Place, Pastel/Drawing, “Think Big”
2012, 3rd, Place Pastel/Drawing, “Worn Traveler”
2011, 1st, Place Graphite/Drawing “Having Fun”
2008, 1st, Place, Pastel/Drawing, “Paint What Your Love





JAN BURLEY, a native Texan artist, creates her award winning artwork in the
mediums of collage, watercolor, pastel, and oil. Subjects feature wildlife, hill
country landscapes, familiar cityscapes, or historical missions of the southwest.
She began her studies of fine art in her youth under the direction and instruction
of Charles Berkeley Norman, at the Texas School of Fine Arts, in Austin, Texas.
During her studies at the University of Texas, she continued painting private
commissions, primarily focusing on longhorns, exotic game, wildlife, and landscapes; in her preferred mediums of watercolor and oil. After retiring from NASA and Aerospace Engineering, she continued her formal art training and studies in Communication Design at Texas State University. Juried exhibitions and representation include Texas State University’s 2D Design Show; Blanco Lavender Festival Fine Arts Show; Wimberley Valley Art League Double Exposure Exhibit; Wimberley ArtsFest; Fine Arts Festival at Wesley Gallery; Cloudcroft, New Mexico’s Oktoberfest; Lone Star Art Guild/Wimberley Art Society Competitions; Fredericksburg Art Guild Annual Juried Show; Die Künstler Von Fredericksburg Annual Juried Show; Artists Alliance of the Hill Country Studio Tour; San Antonio Lions Art On Broadway; and San Antonio
River Art Group, La Villita Gallery; and Canyon Lake Art Guild. Awards include design of the organizational patch for the Flight Design and Dynamics Division at NASA; Best In Show - Wimberley Art Society; First Place - Wimberley Art Society; Honors Booth - Cloudcroft Octoberfest; and, Artist of the Month - Wimberley Valley Art League. In addition, she was featured among “Women In Art”, Southwest Art Magazine, August 2016. Finally, her award winning photograph of New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch, may be found in the 2017 Ghost Ranch Calendar. She continues to conduct her “Expressions in Collage" workshops, at her working studio, and locations throughout the Hill Country.

The 2016 Scholarship Committee wishes to thank its judges (Julie Bradl, Nancy Swift,
& Sherry Haynes) for their time, knowledge, interest, questions, and commitment to interviewing, judging, and selecting upon scoring, ALL FOUR applicants for monetary awards! When you have three judges scoring all applicants near 90's & 100's, you know you have cream-of-crop talent at Canyon Lake!! These four young women will not only show us their talent @ the May 11th meeting, they also get a chance to inspire each other with those very mature ideas & talents. They have been awarded as follows (due to the generosity of our CLAG Board & CLAG's members:
Emily O'Brien.........$1,000 Scholarship
Riley O'Sullivan.....$1,000 Scholarship
Kathryn Tidwell......$200 Stipend
Alison Andrews.......$200 Stipend
Congratulations to the Recipients, the High Schools & their Art Teachers, and the Judges.
Canyon Lake Art Guild is proud and honored to support the Art Education in such
talented young artist.

Canyon Lake Art Guild has published it first Fine Arts Book click on link below to view the art.

Best of the Hill Country Artists
Purchase this book