Meet our Teachers
Johnny "Mahto" Hogue
Johnny Mahto Hogue is a fourth generation Texan with two passions in life. One is making custom built saddles, horse tack, gun holsters and belts. The other is Fine Art. He started drawing at a very young age. Never having the time to pursue his art, he somehow found time to draw and work with pastels. Mahto started painting in oills in 2006. After receiving both private and corporate portrait commissions, he became a full time artist.
Self taught in all mediums, a winner of many awards, local and national, his goal is to share his knowledge and skills by teaching adult art students. He teaches both private lessons and group classes.
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I am a working artist who works and teaches in, watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, and mixed media. I teach watercolor and drawing classes in the Continuing Education program at UTA in Arlington. I teach an oil, or acrylic on canvas class at Trinity Art Guild's Gallery in Bedford. I also teach an all media class at Eclectic Expression in Arlington.
I am very proud of my B.F.A., Magnum Cum Laude in painting and drawing with an English minor from the U.N.T. in Denton. I pursued this dream of mine later in life, after I had traveled and lived in Europe for many years. Being a little older and having traveled and lived extensively overseas, I came to the University with a different perspective on life. I continue my studies by taking workshops from other artists and have spent two summers painting on location at the La Romita School of Art in Italy.
I belong to many art organizations----locally and nationally and am a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society in Dallas, Society of Watercolor Artists in Fort Worth and Texas Neighbors in Irving. I have served as President for the Southwestern Watercolor Society of Dallas for the 2004-05 year. My work has received numerous awards in local, regional, and national shows over the years and continues to do so.
My subject matter comes from personal photos from my travels and objects I collect. The travel I have done and continue to do introduces me to history, cultures, and philosophies that have a major impact on my work. Turkey, for example, opened my eyes and thoughts to the eastern philosophy. From this I began to see the connection between their views and the philosophy of the American Indians in our Southwest. New thoughts lead to new connections and interests. My work involves the interconnecting strings that hold time and place together. I like to experiment and find new ways to use materials, design principals, and color to help get my idea or concept across in my paintings. Ultimately I strive for a balanced, yet exciting painting that can be enjoyed on many levels.
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BENNIE JOHNSON WOOD
Trinity Arts Guild's Lifetime member and lifetime inspiration!
To know Bennie is to be welcomed with her big Texas "Howdy" or a warm bear hug. She is dedicated to the arts and has been a previous president of TAG in 1989 and 1990. (She was also president of the Society of Watercolor Artists from 1996 to 1998.
Bennie was the first member of The Arts League, volunteers for ARTSNET and is now working on getting an arts council established in Greater Wise County.
Bennie joined Trinity Arts Guild in 1980 and since then has served the Guild in many capacities, official and unofficial. She served seven terms as Gallery Director, and Publicity Chairman for many years. She initiated the Traveling Shows in 1993 and still organizes and chairs that committee of one. Why is the kitchen always so spic and span? Why is the closet so neat, and the chairs stacked just so? Why does the gallery space look so welcoming? The answer is Bennie Wood's touch. Awards she has received include: 1986 - Unselfish Devotion to TAG; 1987 - Member of the Year of TAG; and 1997 - ARTSNET Volunteer of the Year
A favorite teacher here at the Guild, she teaches classes on Tuesday evening and Friday morning, and is always ready to give an experienced critique. Bennie delights in teaching art and encouraging her students as well as TAG members. She also teaches at Decatur Arts School, Richland Hills Community Center and Kemp Center of the Arts.
Bennie began her personal art study in oils with Ballette Florys. Soon she discovered a true love of watercolor through her cousin Electra Malone, a well known artist in Rockwall. A few lessons from Electra and she was hooked.
I honestly don't remember when I didn't paint. My mom says I started about 18 months old when I painted her sofa.
I lived most of my early life in the panhandle of Texas where the green fields go on forever and the skys are even bigger. Summers were spent camping with family in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Although I find beauty in a seascape I find the comfort of home and memories in mountain views, big skys and sweeping plains. I have no doubt my love of nature stems from my childhood experiences.
I went to West Texas A&M as a Graphics Art student thinking I could never make enough money as a studio artist. Although I was doing well in my classes I found producing art to meet the needs of others stole the joy of making art. I couldn't define it at that time I just knew I lost something in the process. I walked away from my art training in the middle of my Junior year. I finished out my degree in Business Administration.
Business did not fit well either. I quickly moved on to my other love, medicine. I become a Paramedic and have spent most of my adult life as a paramedic. Ironically this brought me back to art. I was hanging out one day waiting on the pager to go off calling me in to work. I was new to Fort Worth so I headed to the botanic gardens. Immediately I was immersed in the beauty of nature and the quiet that is achieved somehow in the middle of a bustling city. I wanted to paint what I saw and experienced that day. I ran to the store bought a cheep set of prang. watercolors and tablet of paper and sat painting the Japanese gardens all day. I still own those paintings and would never sell them. With those paintings I found what I lost. The ability to just paint what makes me happy. I still love to immerse myself in a painting. An afternoon of painting a beautiful flower or a mountain path is my idea of a perfect afternoon.
My painting has been my source of strength, calm and inspiration for the past 20 years. My "real job" may pay the rent but the art feeds my soul.