About Us

The “Arkansas Artist 4”

We are four Arkansas artist friends who collaborate together to create, show and market our art.  Each of us create both together and independently.  We have our own art websites and online galleries where originals and prints of our art can be viewed and purchased.


Shirley Dawson

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Website:  Art by Shirley Dawson

Shirley is a retired federal worker with a love for Photography, Reading, Website creation and both Traditional and Digital painting.  She resides in Bella Vista, Arkansas with her husband and monster “giant Schnauzer – Boaz”.

Shirley creates her traditional art mainly with acrylics, colored pencils and pen, and ink. She also creates digital artwork using natural media software (Corel Painter) and her Wacom tablet and stylus.  She has trained for her digital painting creations under Aaron Rutten;  Karen Bonaker,  Skip Allen,  Marilyn Sholin and Jeremy Sutton (Certified Painter Educators), and Darrell Chitty  (the New Old Master).

After years of running her own Portrait Photography Studio, Shirley still enjoys the occasional onsite portrait photo session and capturing the beauties of nature for her Fine Art Photography.

For almost 20 years,  Shirley has been creating websites for small and medium-sized businesses using various software and site-building tools; and for the 4 years, she has trained at the well known Wealthy Affiliate University (home to over 1 million affiliate marketers)  to create websites and blogs for affiliate marketers and small businesses.


Claudia Spainhour

image of ClaudiaWebsite: Art By Claudia Spainhour

Claudia retired about eight years ago and decided to pursue Art as a hobby at first. Claudia resides in White Hall, Arkansas with her husband, an avid fisherman and they have two grown children, three grandchildren, and three fur babies.

Claudia’s interests are spending time with family, art, traveling, and some camping trips we’ve thrown in for good measure.

Claudia at first tried to teach herself to paint from instruction books and videos before she retired, with some limited success but she wasn’t passionate about the process. She began studying for a time with a local artist during which she tried using charcoal, graphite, and acrylic and still works on a limited basis in those mediums.

Claudia had always admired the pastel works she saw in art magazines and in galleries and shows. So she bought some pastels and asked a friend who is a very accomplished pastelist to mentor her and “fell in love with pastels.” She loves the immediacy of pastels. With planning up front the painting progresses so fast amazes her.

Claudia has taken workshops with several Arkansas based artists in various subjects over the past years. and also attended a Christine Ivers workshop on city scenes at night.  With those workshops and the help received from her mentor and other artists, Claudia feels she has really improved her work – considering she has worked in pastels almost exclusively for the past two years. She looks forward to attending a workshop soon by Richard McKinley


Gerry Delongchamp

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Website:  Gerry Delongchamp Art 

Website: Me, My Dogs and Art     (A travel blog)

Gerry began creating art as a young child and continuing with her artwork and art education, receiving a college degree in fine art.  She lives in White Hall, Arkansas with her husband and 2 dogs.

During her life, Gerry has traveled to many different countries, where she always continued with creating and learning more about art.  Gerry’s art is in collections the world over.  She is also an exceptional art teacher and has taught youngsters and adults for many years in her home studios.  Gerry enjoys sharing her art and her techniques with friends and fellow artists – speaking and demonstrating at various workshops and meetings of local artists.  She is always learning new methods and trying different techniques.  Her favorite mediums are pastel, acrylic, and watercolor, although she enjoys other mediums too.

Gerry and her family travel a lot during the year in their mobile Travelhome and she likes visiting new places and new scenes that inspire her art creations.


Richard Davies

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Website:  Mind of D

Richard Davies is a retired law officer,

a traveler,

               a poet,

                           a musician and

                                                                     an artist

This very talented man creates art that is

“Whimsical, serious, abstract, done in ink, watercolor, acrylics, oil or enamel, on a board,
a scratch pad or a canvas…“What it is, is what it is….it just falls out of my mind into the pen”.

Richard Davies has been a writer, artist, and musician most of his 67 years. Though very eclectic in his medians, each is used to create a tangible representation of an important moment, event or thought from the most minuscule of everyday occurrence to the earth-shattering events that numb the mind.

Richard lives in White Hall, Arkansas with his wife, a collection of cool cars and his doodle friends “Winston and Sparks”.