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GRANBURY - Pat Chaney’s artistic images of American landscapes reflect his deep understanding of the wide-open vistas seen throughout his 10 years in the National Park Service. His newest images have been collected to form “Early Light: Artwork by Pat Chaney” now on exhibit at Tarleton State University’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center in Granbury.

A native of Bell County, Chaney attended Texas Tech University before joining the National Park Service. He later worked for Medina Children’s Home in the Texas Hill Country where he honed his art skills in painting and woodcarving. Art was his means of relaxation from the stresses of the job.

Chaney does less woodcarving and more painting these days. His favorite subjects are drawn from his appreciation of the desert landscapes of areas in and around Big Bend National Park, but he is not afraid to work with other subjects.  He prefers to paint with acrylics, but sometimes mixes media to include pastel and pencil.

“Pat was chosen to exhibit at the Langdon Center by our selection committee because his work is consistently strong in technique, composition and beauty,” said Janice Horak, director of the center. “We are very excited to introduce his work to the greater Granbury area.”

Chaney has received recognition throughout the United States, including selection as a finalist in The Hunting Art Prize in 2009 and 2010. His work has been accepted to compete in the Bosque Conservancy Art Competition in Clifton, Stars of Texas in Brownwood, Red River Art Competition in Vernon, Art Splash National competition in Graham and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

He is a member of the Graham Art Guild and the Roswell Fine Art League and is a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

“Art is all-encompassing,” Chaney said. “Even when not painting, I am continually looking for special lighting and the next subject for one of my paintings.”

“Early Light: Artwork by Pat Chaney” runs through Dec. 22 at the Langdon Center Gordon House Gallery located at 308 E. Pearl Street in Granbury. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information on this exhibition and other Langdon Center events, call (817) 279-1164 or visit www.tarleton.edu/langdoncenter.