I was born in Marietta, Georgia, and spent my childhood in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from Eastern Hills High School, I attended Arlington State College for several years studying painting, drawing and commercial art. Then, I transferred to North Texas State College, as it was known at that time, and continued studies in painting, figure representation and printmaking. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Painting/Drawing in December of 1970 after three years active duty in the United States Army with a one year deployment to Vietnam.
In 1971, I was one of eleven students chosen from around the world to enter the Graduate Printmaking Program at the San Francisco Art Institute where I earned my Masters of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking in 1973.
Returning to the Fort Worth/Dallas area in 1974, I attended U.N.T. to receive my Texas State Teacher Certification for Secondary Art and English. In 1975, I began my career in the graphic arts with positions from “bull pen” production artist up to president of an advertising agency; in Education with positions from university advertising design instructor to Director of Exhibits at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History; and in the Fine Arts by participating in national fine art competitions and invitational exhibitions. While living and working in Dallas as a freelance artist, I was proud to serve as Vice-President of The Dallas Society of Illustrators during 1985-1986 and designed their logo, which won a Graphex award in the “Graphex 18 Competition” by The Art Directors Club of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
After retiring from the advertising industry in 1995, I spent the next decade studying Eastern religions, particularly Buddhism, and working in my studios reconnecting with my Fine Art creative roots of abstract expressionism.
I currently live in Austin, Texas, where I’m actively producing my most mature paintings in a series titled “183 Views of Laurentia.”
My website is a work-in-progress as I continue adding newer paintings from the series “183 Views of Laurentia.” When completed, new painting series will begin. Visit my Instagram Gallery @dereketaulmanartist to see posts of works-in-progress and other interesting posts about me and my artworks.
MFA: Printmaking, Honors Graduate, San Francisco Art Institute
BA: Drawing/Painting/English Literature, University of North Texas
Advertising/Commercial Art/Painting, University of Texas at Arlington
Teacher Certification, Texas Provisional-Life, Secondary Art & English, U. N. T.
Exhibits Design Internship, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1974
Drawing/Painting, Ft. Worth Art Museum School, Instructor: Paul Zelanski, 1962