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CLYDE HERON  APA, OPA    (1929 - 1999)

Clyde receiving Award

Clyde Heron’s career took him from successful commercial artist to painter. Even during a slight career interruption to serve with the Army during the Korean Conflict, his skills were called upon. He served as an illustrator for the 53rd Field Artillery Battalion.

He was an avid student of history and his work was primarily focused on historical subjects: the Indian Wars, Indian Culture, the War Between The States, the Texas Rangers, and Ranching Heritage. His art depicts the influence of these subjects on our American heritage.

Heron attended the Art Students League in New York. He studied under watercolorists Mario Cooper, New York, and Bud Biggs, Dallas. He often said that the greatest influence on his career came from three sources: Feleceia (his lady), an artist in her own right; Tom Lovell, Santa Fe, New Mexico, his idol and mentor; and John Duillo, his close friend and counselor, an eminent historical artist from Hicksville, New York. He also lovingly recalled his early encouragement and instruction from his childhood art teacher, Miss Gennie Smith.


Art Related:

Oil Painters of America; Signature Member
Western Art Association
American Plains Artists; Signature Member
Ellen Noel Art Museum; served as Board member for many years
National Cowboy Hall of Fame; Life Member

History Related:

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Permian Historical Society; Life Member
Ector County Historical Commission
Heritage of Odessa Foundation; past Board Member
Friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site;
Advisory Board for many years & Life Member



Lloyd Bentsen, U.S. Senator, Texas
Kent Hance, Railroad Commissioner, Texas
George Mahon, U.S. Congressman, Texas *
John Ben Shepperd, Attorney General, Texas *
Paul Weaver, Texas Bank, Austin, Texas
Paul Gibson, Bristol Jeans, Bristol, Tennessee
* now in estate of these deceased patrons


Confederate Memorial Hall, Washington, DC
Confederate Relic Room & Museum, Columbus, SC
Gadsden Museum of Fine Art, Gadsden, AL
Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, San Angelo, TX
Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis, TX
The Military Memorial Museum, Ardmore, OK
The Presidential Museum, Odessa, TX *
*Commissioned portraits of Presidents Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson and George Bush


Plainsmen Award (Patron’s Choice) and Arrowhead Award (Trustees’ Choice)
American Plains Artists Annual Show
Best In Show
Watercolor Horizons Annual Show
Arrowhead Award (Trustees’ Choice)
American Plains Artists Annual Show
Excellence in Community Service
Arts Heritage of Odessa Foundation
Golden Spur Award (Artists’ Choice)
American Plains Artists Annual Show
Jefferson Davis Medal (Awarded for preserving southern History through paintings)
United Daughters of the Confederacy

And others
**As president, he did not enter competition for awards.


Magazines: America’s Civil War; Blackpowder Annual; Art of the West; Virginian; Wild West; Veterans View; Confederate Veteran; Southwest Art and Art of the West.

Magazine Covers: Confederate Veteran; Civil War Magazine; Veterans View; American Hereford Journal; Texas Hereford Magazine; America’s Civil War; Wild West; Heritage.

Book Covers:

Oklahoma University Press: The Buffalo Soldiers by Leckie; The Most Promising Young Man by Pierce; Battles and Skirmishes of the Great Sioux War by Greene.

University of Nebraska Press: John Bell Hood by McMurry; Victory Rode the Rails by Gallagher; The Seven Days, The Emergence of Lee by Dowdey.


Alton’s Gallery, Odessa, TX
Texas Trails Gallery, San Antonio, TX
E. S. Lawrence Gallery, Taos, NM and Aspen, CO
Buffalo Trail Fine Art Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wy
Farnsworth Military Impressions, Gettysburg, PA
Slavin’s Gallery, Jacksonville, NC
Sims Gallery, Columbia, TN
Cranston Fine Arts, Helensburg, Scotland
V6 Gallery, Marathon, TX
Miller Gallery, Cincinatti, OH
Top of the Line Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX


Oil Painters of America beginning in 1992
American Plains Artists beginning in 1985
Mountain Oyster Club Annual Show beginning 1997
Civil War Society Invitational Show, Washington, DC in 1994
Nita Steward Haley Memorial Library and Museum, Midland, TX in 1999
Two Man Exhibition with sculptor, Jammey Huggins of Seminole, TX
and others


Yellow Tavern
Clyde with Horse


Offices served:

West Texas Brigade Commander
Third Lt. Commander, Texas Division
Second Lt. Commander, Texas Division
Lt. Commander, Army of the Trans Mississippi
(Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, California)

Committee member:

National Headquarters’ Long Range Planning
National Education
National Membership

Awards & Honors:

Texas Division Honor Award, 1990 thru 1997
Texas Division Confederate of the Year, 1992
Distinguished Service Medal, National
Meritorious Service Medal, National
Sponsor Member, Confederate Research Center, Hillsboro, TX
Jefferson Davis Medal
Korean Service Medal
Mjr. K.M. Van Zant Medal
Honorary Chairman, Confederate Ball, Houston, 1994


for information contact:

Fritzi Heron
P.O. Box 14607
Odessa, TX 79762

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Image Courtesy of Odessa American/Phil Zoeller
Odessa American/Phil Zoeller

As a native West Texan, I strive to record the humor and sensitivity of our residents in my work in order to share our spirit with the outside world. My involvement in art and my community started early due to being raised by community-minded artists.  My parents saw West Texas as special. They exposed me to the concept that sharing your talents to help others can be very fulfilling. Through them I had the opportunity to meet wonderful artists, musicians and community leaders. 


Since I have always enjoyed expanding my skills and experience while assisting others in discovering their creative powers, I was drawn into teaching. I was blessed to serve as an art teacher at Permian High School for 23 years. In that time, I met many wonderful, creative people. I enjoyed introducing my students to volunteering their talents around the school and community. During my teaching career, I had the opportunity to work with others to create opportunities for students to attend workshops, exhibit their work and compete for scholarships. I also became involved in Watercolor Horizons Group and American Plains Artists. The artists in these organizations helped me understand the need to actively promote the arts.

Recently due to the encouragement of my husband and peers, I have been exploring a career
as a studio artist. I have been fortunate to receive awards and invitations. One of my greatest honors to this point is being a Signature Member of the American Plains Artists. I was recently delighted to have one of my paintings featured in an article on APA in a national art magazine. With my shift to a career that can isolate an artist, I have worked to remain involved in local organizations and accept invitations to present demonstrations/workshops and do commissions. I continue to enjoy providing assistance to other artists and developing opportunities for artists.



BA-History with secondary teaching certification in Art and History, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, 1976
Odessa College, Odessa, Texas, Fall 1972 to Spring 1974

Additional studies

Art, Computer Technology and Pedagogical Studies
University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, 1978-1989

Multi-cultural Arts Studies,
College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico,1991

Art seminars and demonstrations,
National Academy of Western Art Seminars, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1987-1993

The Art of the Portrait Conference 2006,
demonstrations and seminars by the Portrait Society of America, Dallas, TX 

Midland College, Midland, TX  Spring, 2008.

Workshops in various media with Naomi Brotherton, Marvin Stevenson, Arleta Pech Tom Knapp, Michael McCullough, Bill Lockhart, Kay Smith, Douglas Walton, Warren Taylor and Ken Hosmer


Freelance Artist and Photographer from 1972 to present

Art Instructor, Midland Palette Club, Midland, TX from 2008 to present

Teacher, Ector County Independent School District, Permian High School,
Odessa, Texas, August 1977 to May 2000

Teacher and coordinator, Summer Exploration of Arts for Students,
Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas, Summer 1988
(I frequently return to present classes.)
Teacher, Art, Continuing Education, Midland College, Midland, Texas, early 1980s



American Plains Artists, Signature Member (past president)
Odessa Art Association
Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities
Palette Club, Midland, TX
Portrait Society of America
San Antonio Watercolor Society
Watercolor Horizons Group (past president), Odessa, TX
West Texas Watercolor Society



Texas Art Educators (past regional representative)
National Art Educators


Ellen Noel Art Museum (executive board member)
Friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site (charter member)
White/Pool House Friends (advisory board member)


Texas Education Association, meritorious Service Award, 1978
Favorite Teacher,
ECISD Awards for Excellence in 1989,1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 (awards started in 1989)

Texas Art Educators Association, certificate of appreciation, 1991

Nominee Texas Excellence Awards for Outstanding High School Teachers
sponsored by the Ex-Students’ Association and College of Education of the University of Texas at Austin in 1996

Nominated by several students for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers


Best In Show, Watercolor Horizons Group Annual Juried Show, Odessa College Options Gallery, Odessa, TX
39th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition,Fountain Hills, AZ (accepted)
APA 28th Annual Juried Exhibit 2012, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX, Award of Excellence
32nd Annual Exhibition of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Arvada, CO (accepted)
APA 22nd Annual Juried Exhibit 2006, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, NE
Red River Valley Museum National Juried Fine Art Competition 2006
West Texas Watercolor Society 2006 Spring Show
Odessa Art Association Permian Basin Art Exhibition in 2005 and 2006
Midland Arts Association 2006 National Spring Juried Art Exhibition
Watercolor Horizons Annual Show, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1987
Best in Show, Watercolor Horizons Annual Show, 1993
First Place in Watercolor, Andrews Art Guild Show, 1989
Golden Spur Award (Artist’s Choice), American Plains Artists Annual Show, 1988
Awarded Signature Membership in American Plains Artists, 1988
Arrowhead Award (Trustee’s Choice), American Plains Artists Annual Show, 1987
Andrews Art Guild Annual Show, 1987,2006, 2007
Watercolor West Society Annual Show, 1986


Art Institute of the Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
An Evening of Art: Ardmore‘s 104th Birthday Celebration, Benefit for the Carter    County Historical Museum, Ardmore, OK
Ector County Library, Odessa, TX
Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX
First Nation Bank, Ardmore, OK
Fort Concho, San Angelo, TX
Fort Davis National Historical Site, Fort Davis, TX
Globe of the Great Southwest Theatre
Great Plains Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Indian Ranch, Lamesa, TX (Benefit Show for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center)
Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum and Performance Center, Amarillo, TX
Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX
Lubbock Garden and Arts Center, Lubbock, TX
Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library & J. Evetts Haley History Center, Midland, TX
Odessa Art Association rotation art exhibit
Odessa College, Odessa, TX
Permian High School, Odessa, TX
Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, TX
S. S. Savage Gallery, Fort Davis, TX
Texas Trails Gallery, San Antonio. TX
University of Texas of the Permian Basin, (as a student & then later as a recognized art educator)
Odessa, TX
Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, UTPB, Odessa, TX,(WHG Juried Exhibition)
White-Pool House Museum, Odessa, TX
V-6 Gallery, Marathon, TX


Lone Star Art Guild, Houston, TX, 2009

Yoakum County Art Association Annual Show, Plains, TX 2006
Lion’s Club Regional Poster Contest, Odessa, TX 2002 , 2007
Regional VASE competition, Odessa, TX, 2001, 2002 and 2005
Several Jaycee competitions
Numerous ECISD sponsored events (art competitions, poster contests, debate competitions, etc.)
Kermit Independent School District’s Student Art Competition


Community Statesman Recipient for the Arts, Heritage of Odessa Foundation
           February 24, 2011

Featured as an artist in West Texas Foodbank Culinary Canvas Calendar, 2003

Worked to establish The Summer Exploration of the Arts for Students ages 5 to 18 years by combining City of Odessa, Odessa Cultural Council, ECISD and Ellen Noël Art Museum resources (ongoing program since 1988)

Helped to establish (1992) and coordinate literary magazine highlighting Permian High School students’ creative writing and art work from 1992 to 2000.

Selected for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Visiting Committee as art representative in 1990

Worked with Gene Collins, president of Odessa chapter of NAACP, to organize an exhibition of Black High School Art Students Work in conjunction with the Freedom Forum Banquet in Odessa in 1993

Helped to organize and present a conference for Permian Basin Art Teachers in 1992

Helped to establish, maintain and award scholarship money raised by the faculty for Permian High students from 1990 - 1995

Worked with Odessa’s Hispanic Heritage Council to involve area and student artists in Hispanic Heritage Celebrations

Assisted ECISD in presenting campus, district and regional workshops in computer software 1993-1999

Assisted ECISD in presenting campus, district and regional workshops in art 1977 -2000

Assisted ECISD in writing district secondary art curriculum 1980-2000

Sponsored various Permian High School Art Clubs, Rodeo Teams and Student Boards 1977 to 2000


The Child of the River, by Wanda T. Snodgrass (front/back cover illustrations)
From Muskets To Mohair: The History of Fort Terret (photography)
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers


February 24, 2011
April 30, 2002
August 27, 2002
November 20, 1994
November 30, 1994
December 19, 1993
August 16-22, 1992, Leisure Time Guide
February 12, 1989
July 11, 1984


             The Odessan Magazine, July/August 2012, pgs 16-17
             Western Art Collector, October 2010,
                      article - "The Great American Plain Mrs. Robert s" pp 150-51
                      my watercolor featured - "Just Call Me Mister"
             The Odessan Magazine, November/December 2010, pg 12


Mr. &Lee, Sugarland, TX
Ms. Sherry Akeroyd, San Antonio, TX
Mr. & Mrs. James Hooper, Odessa, TX
Mrs. Mary Lee Strong, Odessa, TX
Mr. & Mrs. John Henry Mayberry, Corpus Christi, TX

P.O. Box 14607, Odessa, TX 79768

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