I specialize in: Muralist/Public Art, Painting, Drawing
Born into a military family in Austin, Texas, Ralph Steams began life moving.
He first moved to Wichita Falls in 4th grade and attended City View Elementary School. He graduated from Petrolia High School in 1972 and decided to follow his father's lead. Enlisting for two years in the United States Marine Corps, Stearns was stationed throughout southern California and worked as a legal clerk and court reporter. Upon discharge, through the G.I. Bill, he had money to pursue education in his heart's true calling… fine art. Stearns was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Midwestern State University in painting and sculpture in 1981. Lamar Advertising of Wichita Falls quickly snatched up the talented artist to work in the billboard industry. He served the company for 15 years as a commercial artist and art director.
Ralph then became a self-employed artist, participating in local/ regional/ international art shows, and instructing and painting Wichita Falls. Hired as a district mural specialist, his paintings brighten the daily grind at Wichita Falls Independent School District schools. He refers to the large-scale religious oil paintings in two Wichita Falls churches as his "legacy." His caricatures, created during various area venues, bring a smile to all portrayed. But his most visible paintings adorn buildings. His realistic cyclists' race to the finish on the "Hotter than Hell Race" headquarters. His giant parrot behind a faux brick wall brings double-takes to travelers on Kell Boulevard.
Ralph explains, "I am a figure painter. Once you learn the basic elements of painting, you can manipulate work any way you want. I am a passionate artist that loves forms and color. I love it; I breathe it. My favorite medium is oil, but my favorite style, well, I change with the weather.'"
I specialize in: Visual Arts
Stephen Taylor's early love of Comic illustrations and music influenced his gritty artistic style. In Dallas, he learned how to create foam sculptures, which led to him owning and operating his own commercial art studio.
Prior to his arrival in Wichita Falls, he used his creativity and ambition to renovate and reopen the Plaza Theatre in Vernon Texas. In 2015, a chance meeting with the owners of the Maer Heydrick #2 building provided the opportunity for him to conceptualize, design and construct 9th Street Studios in Downtown Wichita Falls.
Stephen is the owner of sTd Studios.
Cindy Kahler Thomas
I specialize in: Visual Art, Stained Glass, Ink
Cindy Kahler Thomas showed an early interest in art. As a child, she would get out the round suitcase that held her art and show it to anyone who would sit still long enough to look. She excelled at art throughout her first 12 years of school, and upon graduation, she became a cosmetologist playing with colors in a different way. She sculpted her client’s hair and vented her artistic sensibilities that way.
She graduated from Midwestern State University, but only took one art class and that was in photography, which she thoroughly enjoyed and did quite well in it. Then in her 30’s her lifelong friend introduced her to stain glass mosaics, and she fell in love. Her favorite media is stained glass and ink.
She is now a volunteer of the Wichita Falls Art Association and feels privileged to be surrounded by art at the group’s gallery at 600 8th Street where she often shows her art. She also teaches art classes to children at the Kemp Center for the Arts. She also takes part in the After Hours Art Walk.
She is proud to be a wife, mother and grandmother, and counts her family and her faith as her greatest assets. She can be reached at 940-733-1562 or CindyKThomas@aol.com.
I specialize in: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/3D
Artist of multimedia and a lover of all things creative. Amy studied figure sculpting by working with several well-known sculptors in Texas and Wyoming. She has worked on many monuments and bronze sculpture projects around the world. If you're looking for a sculpture, painting, mural, portrait, or anything else creative, Amy would be happy to help.
I specialize in: Wood Burning
I’m Bryson, and I’m an artist , but I have a tiny twist. I was born with Autism Syndrome.
I needed a hobby to help with my anxiety and boredom.
I first found out about this kind art in January and just wanted to do it for a for fun then I had friends and family asking me to make stuff for them. Then I realized I could turn this into a part time job. It was a Tiktok video that got me into wood burning.
I specialize in: Graphic Design, Printmaking, Sculpture/3D, metalsmithing, photography
Simon Welch was born in Henrietta, Texas in 1986. He received his BFA from Midwestern State University in May 2010 with a focus in Metalsmithing and Printmaking. He has been featured is several shows both as an individual as well as with partner artists, with his work ranging from sculpture, to photography, and graphic design. He started a career in graphic design in 2010 has most recently added videography to his professional resume. Simon Welch lives and works in Wichita Falls, Texas.
I specialize in: Photography
My name is Jess and I am a photographer in Wichita Falls! I specialize in weddings and portraits, my work is rich, colorful and unique. I put my heart and soul into each project that I do and my clients mean everything to me!
I specialize in: Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/3D, Stained Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Jewelry, Teaching Artist
Marsha Wright-Reeves is a full-time artist and art teacher. She is a graduate of Burkburnett High School and studied at Midwestern State University from 1988 to 1992.
She served as president of the Wichita Falls Art Association (WFAA) from 2009-2012. During her presidency, Marsha and her vice president directed the opening of the WFAA's first permanent gallery on the corner of 8th St. and Ohio Ave. She also served as gallery manager for the first two years of its operation.
In 2015, her photography was featured in the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review publication of “Where Three Winds Meet”, a book of poetry by Texas Poet Laureate James Hoggard.
She also co-illustrated two books by New York children's author Gordie Little in 2013 and 2016.
Marsha currently has a studio on the sixth floor in Big Blue. She works in stained glass, watercolor, acrylic, oil, alcohol ink, pastels, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited throughout Texas, including a permanent children's exhibit at the Museum of North Texas History.
In addition to her studio work, Marsha teaches art to a wide variety of private students in the Wichita Falls area.
Kai Kohi Zenji
I specialize in: Muralist/Public Art, Painting
As a man of Dominican (Republic) heritage I am somewhat estranged to my culture's identity. Thus, I have adopted an affection of Japanese culture through Zen and a man named Kai (Senpai-elder/Sr). I am a retired Muay Thai fighter and Kai Senpai was my Muay Thai instructor. The name Kai was handed down to me as a posthumous honour. I was given this first name as the carrier of his lineage but his intention was never for me to pursue Muay Thai, it was to become enlightened. The nickname "Kohi" is a bit sweet for me. After years of being with him and growing close, in a moment, I accidentally called him "dad". He immediately accepted saying, "you are the only son I will ever have". I was dubbed Kōhai (younger/Jr). But in my error to spell it made out Kōhī (Japanese for coffee) and thus Kōhī stuck. Kai Senpai introduced me to the Zen lineage. The Zen tradition has a philosophical corpus which in the modern context has mostly been expressed through various arts. Within these arts, there is an underlying connotation for emotive expression. Therefore to ‘see’ Zen, one would not seek scholarly approach but look to art. In the Japanese ethos, attempting to capture this moment is self-defeating, in so much as the ‘beauty’ consists in its being ephemeral. Yet, the common notion of Zen relishes in the paradox of this contradicting gesture and is labeled as yūgen. My craft is introspection. It serves as my spiritual voice. Each piece is a different (kōan) parable. Kai Senpai is manifested though who I have become. My name is Kai Kōhī Zenji.