Saturday, January 19, 2019

Miniature Art Society of Florida Show opens, Collectors Preview Today

Today is the collector's preview for the Miniature Art Society of Florida annual miniature art show at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, Florida . I am pleased to have been awarded 1st place in "Best Historical or Mythical" for my miniature painting, "Traveling Companions".

"Traveling Companions"                                                                                                5.5 X 3.5 oil on board.
I am fascinated by all canines, and especially the special bond between humans and dogs. I love studying research about ancient dogs in the Americas, how they were loved and used by their human partners. An archaeological dig in Illinois revealed a skeleton of a dog buried 10,000 years ago. ( ).  This is why I've titled this painting with "Companions" in the title...her trusted pup goes where she goes, unquestioning, loving & loved, loyal and happy to just be with her.

I have four other paintings in the show:

"Scarlet in Winter"                                                                                                3 X 5 oil on board
Last winter, I visited Wolf Park ( in West Lafeyette, Indiana to spend a day with the wolves in the park. Along with the wolves, they have red and grey foxes. I was able to meet and photograph Scarlet and Joker in their enclosure, and was quite delighted with their antics. Later last winter, we had a spectacular snowfall, and I imagined Scarlet emerging from the woods in the back of my property. 
"Stalking Shadows"                                                                                                5 X 3 oil on board
During my visit to Wolf Park ( in West Lafeyette, Indiana, I was able to walk among the pack and take a ton of photos for reference. It was one of the most incredible experiences, and I highly recommend visiting and supporting Wolf Park! Our day was rainy, cold and miserable. The wolves loved it! The best part, their fur was fluffed against the cold, and they were active and playful. The frigid water was no deterrent to the curiosity of the pack, who waded out to fetch and play with various sticks. Later, a lovely snowfall presented opportunities to study the pond and cattails next door, and add them to this painting of Khewa, one of the females from the Wolf Park young pack.
"The Prairie Schooner Journal"                                                                                                3 X 4 oil on board
I am always seeking moments of human interaction in my paintings, and this one touches my heart, because of the love shown between siblings. These young ladies were modeling for me from inside an old Prairie Schooner wagon, and I imagined stories read from a journal would provide a little entertainment to the girls during the long, tedious and treacherous journey to unknown territories.

"Troubling Clouds "                                                                                                3 X 4 oil on board
Sometimes I simply like to paint the beautiful faces of people that I admire. This young man modeled for me many years ago, and later I found out he had passed not long after I met him. I loved his hair, the fine bone structure of his face, the colors of the landscape, and his regalia. I called it "Troubling Clouds", because of the forbidding clouds quickly moving in behind him, an unknowable future, and the many tragedies the people of his culture have endured. My heart aches for the stories that are told and untold. My unending hope is that interest in my paintings of  Indigenous cultures of the Americas will cause people to seek out knowledge and history, to gain understanding and empathy.
The collector's preview its this afternoon, Jan 19, and the show opens to the public tomorrow, Jan 20. My paintings and over 700 other paintings are on display and for sale at the show. Demonstrations by artists who work in the miniature genre will be throughout the week. More information is here:

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dust On The Horizon wins 1st in Historical or Mythical Award, 2014 MASF

I am pleased to announce that my miniature oil painting, "Dust On the Horizon" (actual size 4" x 6") was awarded 1st place in Historical or Mythical at the 2014 Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) Show in Dunedin, Florida. 

I also had four other paintings accepted into the show:
 "Grandfather's Stories" 2" x 3" oil

 "Grandmothers Beads" 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" oil

"Through Those Woods I Will Come" 4 x 5 oil

"Distant Dreams" 2 x 3 oil

Miniature Art Society of Florida

Many enthusiastic volunteers come together and work exceedingly hard to make this show the top miniature art show in the country. Artists from around the world submit work, with over 900 paintings. More information can be found at the website for MASF:

It's quite an honor to be accepted into this show, and to win an award is an unbelievable privilege, accomplishment, and as an artist, it is so emotionally rewarding.

Miniature art is an exacting discipline, where all of the elements of a successful painting (design, color, drawing skill, anatomy, technique, storytelling and emotions) come together in a incredibly small space. There is something immediate and intimate about being drawn in to see the detail, the skill, and the character of each tiny painting. Although I've been painting professionally for many, many years, these past several years of focusing on miniatures has been fulfilling and fun.
I'd like to thank my collectors that love my work, the judges that show their approval with their awards and accolades, and of course Erik, Thelma & Louise, and my huge network of family, friends and co-workers who continually lift me up with encouraging words, love, and unending emotional support.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Luann H

Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Meadow Dreams" Wins Award at 2013 MPSGS show in Washington, DC

I am pleased that two of my paintings were juried into the 2013 Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society (MPSGS) of Washington, DC. "Meadow Dreams" won an Award of Merit, and I am very excited that both paintings sold at the Collector's Preview on Saturday.

"Meadow Dreams"
Oil, Award of Merit
I don't know why I love to paint furry, sleepy foals, but this is one of my very favorite paintings. I'm so happy it's gotten a loving new home!

"Morning Eyes"
2" x 3" oil
This young lady has such beautiful eyes, and such a soulful expression, what a delight it was to paint!
 This is an outstanding show of miniature paintings, at a gorgeous venue. Thank you to all of the hard working individuals who make this show such a success! I wish I could have attended the opening weekend with fellow miniature artist friends. I hope they are having a fabulous time in our Capital City.

A link to the MPSGS show website:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"A Woman's Touch" Wins MASF Best of Show Award

I am excited to share the big news that my miniature oil painting,
"A Woman's Touch"
was awarded
Best of Show
at the 2013 Miniature Art Society of Florida
annual Miniature Art Show!

This painting was also selected to be added to the permanent collection of art owned and exhibited by the Miniature Art Society of Florida. This means it will be a permanent part of a select few paintings chosen to represent the best in contemporary miniature art. For a more comprehensive explaination of what miniature art is, please visit the MASF website (below).

The Florida MASF show is the largest juried show of traditional miniature art in the United States, with over 700 paintings from the best miniature artists in the world participating. This is a major milestone in my career as an artist!

For more information about the upcoming exhibit, visit the website for MASF:

I also am pleased to announce that three other paintings were accepted into the show:

"Uninvited" 3 X 5 oil
"Grandmother's Hands" 3 X 4 oil

"Catch Me If You Can" 2 X 3 oil

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Serenity wins award at MPSGS Miniature Art Show

I'm pleased to announce that my miniature oil painting,
Serenity - Lowlands Gorilla,
won an award at the The Miniature Painters, Sculptors &
Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.

The opening reception will be  Nov. 18, 2012 from 2-4 pm
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852
"Serenity, lowlands gorilla" will be for sale at the show. For more information and to see this and other award-winning art, please visit:
"Serenity, lowlands gorilla" is a miniature oil painting by Luann Houser ©2012 Luann Houser. All rights reserved 

Monday, May 28, 2012

"Kindred Spirits" Wins Best Oil at Seaside Art Gallery Show

I'm very pleased to announce that my painting, "Kindred Spirits" won the Best Oil/Acrylic award at Seaside Art Gallery Minature Art Show, Nags Head, NC. There are many beautiful paintings in the show.

You can visit the gallery and see the show on-line at:

View the paintings in the show at:

Many thanks to Melanie and her staff for a wonderful show! The show will remain up until June 2, so there's still time to visit!

Many thanks, also, to Bev Abbott, the judge of the show and an accomplished miniature artist! It's always such a great feeling when an artist whom you admire selects a piece for special recognition. I loved this piece, and it was hard to part with. Below is Bev's Judge's statement about "Kindred Spirits":

"The show has been a joy to judge. There are many wonderful pieces to exclaim over. When judging a miniature painting or sculpture, besides the usual qualities of composition, etc., I look for detail and a refinement of technique and emotion. The piece should be able to be enlarged and still hold its quality.

Best Oil/Acrylic:

"Kindred Spirits", oil by Luann Houser

This is a sensitive oil with excellent attention to detail, highlights and shadows. The color balance is harmonious. The reflected light on the man from his horse’s nose is smoothly painted to blend his expressive face into a wonderful whole. The emotion in tis painting is overwhelming and rarely portrayed this well." (Bev Abbott)

Here is a complete list of the winners...Congratulations to all!!:
 First Place
 Carol Alleman,
 bronze, 6 x 3 inches.

 Second Place
Rachelle Siegrist, TN
 "Fine Art In Little"
Opaque watercolor is 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"; frame: 5" x 6"
Third Place
 Linda Rossin, NJ
"A Woman's Touch"
 Acrylic painting is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"; frame: 5" x 5".
Best Of...
Best Watercolor:
"Resting Prince" by Rebecca Latham, MN

Best Oil / Acrylic:
"Kindred Spirits" by Luann Houser, IN

Best Graphic:
"Reef Fish" by Viviane DeKosinsky, VA

 Best Drawing:
"Pair O' Jacks" by Pamela Wildermuth, CA

Best Sculpture, Metal:
"Island Horses, Good Grass" by Cathy Kuzma, MT

 Best Sculpture, Other:
"Free at Last" by Nancy Lucks, VA
 Best Mixed Media:
"Sailing the Sun Down" by Patricia McCandless, FL
 Best Pastel Media:
"Window Seat" by Cheryl Hufnagel, WA

People's Choice Award:
"Woman with Pigeons" by Johannes Landman, Canada

I'm off to work horses before the heat of the day sets in, when I'll be behind my easel!