Painting is what I do to make sure I’m really seeing the world around me and appreciating it.

“Art is a departure from ordinary reality from which one returns to find life more beautiful, more understandable, or more bearable.”

I think this quote originated with Robert Henri. Anyway, the words are a constant reminder to me what it is that I do. My experience as a painter has proven that definition of the Art experience. While I’m painting, especially when I’m painting from life, the world around me takes on an enhanced quality: colors are brighter, the life force seems stronger, time is suspended, and I feel wrapped in a profound appreciation for life, attuned to the beauty in all things.


My mother was a great facilitator so I learned to draw early,  painted a picture every year or so and as a young man took a couple of classes in drawing and design at the University of Texas in Austin.  After University I moved to Arkansas and became a “generalist” (carpenter, farmer, plumber, electrician, etc.) applying my creative energy to the many tasks of rural life and raising children in Stone County, Arkansas.


In 1986 I started painting in earnest, studying techniques of Impressionism and Realism with a few instructors, but mostly I’ve followed my own course. Over the last 33 years, my work has been shown in 14 states and has won top prizes in several national competitions, including an Award of Excellence at the American Impressionist Society’s 2011 National Juried Show in  Carmel, California.


After living at the end of the road for over 30 years, my wife, Anne and I moved to Fayetteville in 2003, where the community has been an inspiration for my artwork. My work includes figure painting, landscapes, street scenes and still life but I have yet to paint my masterpiece.


                    MM Kent  




2012- Best of Show – Herman Jaegger Festival Plein Air Competition – Neosho MO

2011- American Art Collector Award of Excellence

            American Impressionist Society 12th Annual National Juried Show

                            Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel, CA

2010- 5th place- paint the town Plein Air Competition

                            Marble Falls TX

2009- 3rd place- Heart of America Plein Air Event

                           Bentonville AR

2009- Honorable Mention- Navarro County National Juried Show

                            Corsicana TX

2009- 3rd place- St. Charles Plein Air Competition

                            St. Charles MO

2006- Founder’s Award, Plein Air juried Competition

                               Springfield MO

2003- Wine Label Award, The Nude, Lexington Art League

                           Lexington KY


2002- First Place   National Society of Artists

                                20th National Juried Show

                                Nassau Bay TX


2002-Best of Show Hilton Head Art League-

                            2002 Nat’l Juried Exhibition

                            Self Family Arts Center

                            Hilton Head SC