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Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Penix grew up watching members of his family paint but didn't pursue painting himself until after high school. After trying his hand at painting and selling his first piece he knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. 
Over the years Penix's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter. Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting."


Penix has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely. I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."  


Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. Even at a young age, Penix was recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010, and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40" in 2014. To date, Penix's most notable award has been the 2016 "Gold Medal Award" from Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting a $30,000 prize. Penix currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 


Special Honors/Competitions:

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 28th Best of America Exhibition: Second Place (2018)

Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (2018)
Salmagundi Club SCNY Nautical Exhibition: Best of Show (2018)
Oil Painters of America 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Animal Award of Excellence (2018) 
Oil Painters of America Spring Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (2018) 
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Small Painting National Exhibition: Award of Excellence (2018) 
Boldbrush: Honorable Mention (March 2018) 
American Impressionist Society 2nd Annual Small Works Showcase: Honorable Mention (2018) 
The Getaway International Online Showcase: Finalist (January 2018) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: "First Place" (Fall 2017) 
The Getaway International Painting Competition: Finalist (November 2017) 
PleinAir Magazine Salon Art Competition: "Best Building in Landscape" (Oct/Nov 2017) 
The Getaway International Painting Competition: Best of Show (October 2017) 
Oil Painters of America Western Regional: Award of Excellence 2017 
The Getaway International Painting Competition: Finalist (September 2017) 
Boldbrush: Best of Show (August 2017) 
Daily Paint Works: Third Place (August 2017) 
The Getaway International Painting Competition: Finalist (August 2017) 
Boldbrush: Second Place (July 2017) 
Daily Paint Works: Judges' Pick (July 2017) 
Boldbrush: Finalist (April 2017) 
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring On-Line International Show: Merit Award (May 2017) 
PleinAir Salon Competition: 3rd Place Overall (Oct/Nov. 2016) 
Boldbrush: Best of Show (November 2016) 
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition: Second Place (2016) 
American Impressionist Society 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Michael Harding Handmade Artist Oil Colours Award of Distinction (2016) 
Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (2016) 
Boldbrush: 2nd Place (July 2016) 
Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition: Gold Medal Award (2016) 
Boldbrush: 2nd Place (February 2016) 
Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase: First Place (2015) 
American Impressionist's Society 16th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition: Honorable Mention (2015) 
Boldbrush: Finalist (June 2015) 
NOAPS Online International: Best of Show (Spring 2014) 
Daily Paint Works: 2nd Place (March 2014) 
Boldbrush: Finalist (February 2014) 
Daily Paint Works (February 2014): 2nd Place 
BAA 61th Annual Spring Show 2014: First Place 
Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence: Honorable Mention (2014) 
The Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition: 2nd Place Landscape (2013) 
National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society: Best Landscape (2013) 
American Impressionist Society 14th Annual Juried Exhibition: 3rd Place (2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (August 2013) 
The Laumeister Competition: 2nd Place (2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (June 2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (April 2013) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: First Place (Spring 2013) 
Oil Painters of America 22nd National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: Seascape Honorable Mention (May 2013) 
BAA 60th Annual Spring Show 2013: Best of Show 
Boldbrush: Third Place (March 2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (March 2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (February 2013) 
RayMar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition: 3rd Place (2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (November 2012) 
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition: Award of Excellence (2012) 
Boldbrush: "Best of Show" (August 2012) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Summer 2012) 
Oil Painters of America 2012 National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: President's Award of Excellence 
Boldbrush: Finalist (May 2012) 
RayMar: Finalist (May 2012) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Spring 2012) 
BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 2012: Best of Show "The Beach" 
BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 2012: 3rd Place "Boats in the French Riviera" 
RayMar: Finalist (March 2012) 
Boldbrush: Judge (January 2012) 
RayMar: Finalist (Dec. 2011) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Fall 2011) 
Boldbrush: "Best of Show" (October 2011) 
Boldbrush: Finalist (July 2011) 
Boldbrush: Finalist (June 2011) 
RayMar: Finalist (May 2011) 
Southwest Art:  21 under 31 Finalist (September 2010) 
RayMar: Finalist (April 2010)         


Education
Quang Ho- Art Student's League of Denver and studied privately 
C.W. Mundy- Studied Privately 


Memberships
Salmagundi Club 
Oil Painters of America: Associate Member 
American Impressionist Society 
National Oil Acrylic Painters' Society 
Oklahoma Society of Impressionists


Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Oklahoma National Heritage Museum Annual Small Works Great Wonders 
2018 Salmagundi Club NYC American Masters Show

2018 Arcadia Contemporary "Five and Under"  
2018 National Oil and Acrylic Painters 28th Annual Best of America 
2018 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Best of America Small Painting National Juried Exhibition 
2018 19th Annual American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition 
2018 Salmagundi Nautical Exhibition 
2018 American Impressionist Society Impressions Small Works Showcase 
2018 Oil Painters of America 27th Annual National Juried Exhibition 
2017 18th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition 
2017 Oklahoma National Heritage Museum Annual Small Works Great Wonders 
2017 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 
2017 Salmagundi Club NYC American Masters Show 
2017 Oil Painters of America 26th Annual National Juried Exhibition 
2017 American impressionist Society Impressions Small Works Showcase 
2016 The Salmagundi New Members Showcase 
2016 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Small Works, Great Wonders 
2016 Gilcrease Collector's Reserve Show 
2016 Oil Painters of America Juried Western Regional Exhibition 
2016 Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils 
2016 17th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition 
2016 The Bennington Center for the Arts Laumeister Competition 
2016 Salmagundi Annual Non-Member Painting & Sculpture Exhibition 
2016 Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition 
2016 717 Gallery Fine Art International Invitational Show 
2015 Gallery 1261 Group Exhibition 
2015 Gallery 1261 Small Works 
2015 Gardner Colby Group Show 
2015 American Impressionist's Society's 16th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition 
2014 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Small Works Great Wonders 
2014 BAA 61th Annual Spring Show 
2013 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Small Works Great Wonders 
2013 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art 3rd Annual Juried Salon Show 
2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society's Best of America Exhibition 
2013 Howard Mandville Small Works Show 
2013 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition 
2013 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 
2013 California Museum of Fine Art Fall Exhibition 
2013 Gallery 1261 "Group Exhibition" (July 26-Sept. 14) 
2013 Gallery 1261 "New Works/New Voices" (April 19th-June 1st) 
2013 Gallery 1261 "Rethinking Western" Group Show (January-February) 
2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society 23rd Annual Best of America Exhibit 
2013 American Impressionist Society 14th Annual Juried Exhibition 
2013 The Laumeister Competition 
2013 Oil Painters of America 22nd National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division 
2013 BAA 60th Annual Spring Show 
2012 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition 
2012 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: President's Award of Excellence 
2012 BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 
2012 BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 
2012 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition 
2012 Gallery 1261 Small Works Show 
2012 Abend Gallery 22nd Annual Holiday Miniatures Show 
2012 Waterhouse Gallery Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition 
2012 American Impressionist Society 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition 
2012 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 
2012 Oil Painters of America 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition 
2012 Abend Gallery's Artist Show 
2012 Waterhouse Gallery's Small Gems Show 
2011 Abend Gallery 21st Annual Miniature Show 
2011 Waterhouse Gallery's 6th Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition 
2008 Guest Artist for Oklahoma Society of Impressionists