Myra Knapp's subtle arrest of the spirit, energy and beauty of her environment endow her landscapes with compelling power. This talent has been applied to works describing the West for the last three decades and is seen in painterly forms that capture vastness, magnitude, mystery and solitude.
Inspired by an active artistic family, Knapp studied at the university level; carefully selected American artists and teachers Scott Christensen, Charles Movalli, Ted Goerschner, Ron Rencher and Randall Sexton, whose impressionist paintings have achieved national fame, and worked with them to gain her en plein air expertise and to develop her own unique style. In addition, two years of study in Europe exposed her to the work of history's great artists as well as contemporary styles and concerns.
Recent awards and showings include:
Oil Painters of America National show - selected artist 2012, Evergreen, CO.
Oil Painters of America Western Regional and Midwestern Regional Shows - selected artist 2009, 2008, 2007, 2003 Kirkland, WA; Coeur d Alene, ID; Topeka, KS; Chicago, Il.
The American Impressionist Society show - selected artist 2011, Carmel, Calif.
Salon International -- International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art - selected artist 2011, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas
The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts - Artist of the Year 2012, San Antonio, TX
Rockport Art Festival, Best in Oils in 2001, Rockport, TX
River Art Group - Best of Show 2001 and 2002, San Antonio, TX
Art in the Great Outdoors, Billboard Design - First Award, Las Vegas, NV Billboard shown on Las Vegas Strip
George Phippen Memorial Invitational - Second Award - Mixed Media, Prescott, AZ
Oil Painters of America
Outdoor Painters Society
American Inpressionist Society