In Profile: Food tech graduate Edgar Sotelo shines in western art world
Six-years-old and pencil in hand, Edgar Sotelo knew from a young age he had a passion for art. Closely watching his father sketch day in and day out, Sotelo gained a deep appreciation and passion for western art.
"Once you do any kind of art," Sotelo said, "whether it is writing songs, sculpture, or painting, and you choose western theme as the subject matter, you can really live your passion through your medium."
A native of Durango, Mexico, Sotelo progressed from creating simple pencil sketches to being nationally recognized for his professional oil paintings.
Sotelo said throughout his childhood he always dreamed of moving to the United States. He said that dream became reality when he graduated high school and moved to Texas. After two years of learning English, he was accepted to Texas Tech University, where he received a bachelor's of science degree in food technology (1988).
Upon graduation, Sotelo said he worked in corporate America for many years, while still treating his artistic ability as a hobby. As the years passed, he expanded his medium beyond just pencil sketches and into oil paintings, as well.
He said the idea first approached him through his wife as she encouraged him to start oil paintings. He was not fond of the idea at first, but agreed to attend one class for her.
"From day one I fell in love with oils," he said.
Sotelo said as his talents grew, they decided to establish a business in 2005. He said the first few years were full of challenges, but it was well worth it when the business took a positive turn in 2009 and it has only gained momentum since.
In recent years, Sotelo said he has been featured in the American Quarter Horse Journal, as well as other publications and exhibits. In addition, he has won a variety of prestigious awards with his works.
"The recognition is huge for me," Sotelo said, "because there are so many really, really good artist out there that take the time and commitment to do great artwork and to be among that group that gives me a lot of encouragement and lets me know I am doing something right and I am really thankful for that."
Most recently, Sotelo is featured in an exhibit in The National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock. In fact, Scott White, the director of collection, exhibits and research at the center, said most of the works in the exhibit are from Sotelo. The exhibit will be available for viewing until November 21 and White encourages citizens of the Lubbock community and surrounding areas to visit the center and experience an accurate portrayal of ranching heritage in North America through art.
Written by Kayla Wilkins
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