Blue Building by Jeri Salter
Jeri Salter

Jeri Salter - Biography - Portraying Landscapes in Pastel

Artist Statement

I am a landscape painter.  I suspect I will always find that to be my center, despite whatever stray tangents present themselves. I am especially drawn to the vast beauty of open spaces, big skies and rolling plains across western landscapes, particularly Texas.   It's exciting to find remnants of humanity captured in those scenes of derelict buildings and worn dirt roads.  They evoke an emotional sense of "searching" that always pulls at me.   

A turning point for me was a solo show I did for William Reaves Sarah Foltz Art Gallery in 2015.  Bill Reaves suggested I take on the project of returning to many of the places in Texas that Frank Reaugh painted during his lifetime.  Mr. Reaugh is considered one of the premier painters of the Texas longhorns and landscapes during the early years of Texas art. Trying to capture the scenes as they are today while doing it in my own way was daunting and fulfilling.  My respect for Mr. Reaugh was greatly deepened as well as a love for the places he painted.  It was an amazing journey for me which continues to inspire my work going forward.  

No matter the subject, examining what draws us to do a painting, or to have a painting, gives us clues to our own thoughts and desires. Whether that be through symbols, or finding the beauty in grand landscapes  or even the everyday scenes that surround us.   I am continually amazed when the viewing of my work triggers an emotional response in other people.   It reminds me that I am not just painting for myself but making a connection with others through a visual language.


A native of Richmond, Virginia,  Jeri Salter has spent all of her adult life in Texas.   She has lived in Houston, McAllen and Dallas but has been settled in the Austin area since 1994, where she and he husband raised two sons.

Primarily a self-taught artist, she has taken classes that have improved and inspired her work from the Collin Community College in Plano and the Alfred Glassell Art School in Houston.   After working in oils for many years, she discovered pastels.  They have become her favorite medium for their immedacy and vibrancy.   Workshops with accomplished artists such as Bob Rohm, Kraig Kiedrowski, Susan Ogilvie, Colleen Howe, Anne Templeton, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Dinah Worman, Desmond O'Hagan and Michael Workman have heightened her skills and influenced her approach to painting.

Jeri has had gallery representation since 2004 and has been honored with numerous awards.  Her paintings, often multiple pieces, are held in private, corporate and museum collections.    

Selected Public and Private Collections

BNSF Railroad Collection, Fort Worth

Happy State Bank, Amarillo

Icon Bank, Galleria, Houston

Icon Bank, Sugarland

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo

Bobbie and John L. Nau Collection of Texas Art (private), Houston

Art Organizations

 Austin Pastel Society

Central Texas Pastel Society

        Exhibit Chair 2003-2006

        President 2005 - 2008

        Program Chair 2008 - 2010  

        Workshop Chair 2014 -present       


Shows and Exhibitions

Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art 2017

     Travels to San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

      Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX

      Witte  Museum, San Antonio, TX

      Book by same title published by Texas A&M Press 

As Is : Rural Realism, The Grace Museum Abilene, TX 2017 

Contemporary Texas Regionalists Group Shows at William Reaves Sarah Foltz Fine Gallery - Houston

    Texas Aesthetics Annual Member Exhibition for Contemporary Texas Regionalist 2016 -2017

    Rodeo Vignettes: Jeri Salter, Hunter George, John Bernhard & Robb Kendrick - 2017

     Holiday Show - 2016

Solo Show at William Reaves Fine Art- On The Trail of Frank Reaugh: The Pastel Journals of Jeri Salter - 2015

Contemporary Texas Regionalists Group Shows at William Reaves Fine Art Gallery - Houston

     Texas Aesthetic Annual Member Exhibition for Contemporary Texas Regionalists   2011-2015

     Holiday Show - 2014 & 2015

     The Big Bend of Texas: Interpretations by Seven Artists - 2015 

     Intersection Plains: Views of the Texas Coast & Texas Drought - 2014

     Hill Country Love Affair - 2013

     A Tribute to Texas Rivers - 2013

     The Presence of Light: Sky and Light in the Texas Landscape - 2010

As Far As the Eye Can See: 100 Years of Texas Art, Two Allen Center, Houston, TX - 2015

Texas Visions: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Nave Museum, Victoria, TX - 2015 

Ties that Bind: Contemporary Texas Regionalism - Turner House, Dallas TX - 2015

Painting in the Texas Tradition, 2014 -2015 traveled to:

     Turner House, Dallas, TX and Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring TX (catalogue)

Holidays at the Haley, Haley Memorial Library & History Center, Midland, TX 2013 

Celebrating the Regionalist Legacy in Texas Art at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts 2013

    "Staring Down Hwy. 90"- Salter, pastel painting added to their permanent collection 

     "Restless Heart: Contemporary Texas Regionalism" included in catalogue for San Angelo Museum show

Contemporary Texas Regionalists Group Show traveled to:

     Haley Memorial Library & History Center, Midland, TX 2012

     Gage Hotel , Marathon, TX 2012

Fayetteville ArtWalk - 

    Featured Artist & Winner Artistic Excellance Award for 2011

    Winner Mark Chapman Best of Show for 2D for 2010

Austin ArtCity Festival - April 2011 

Houston Bayou City Downtown Art Festival - 2010

Richardson,TX Cottonwood Art Festival  - 2010

Art of the Plains 2010 

     American Plains Artists 26th Annual Juried Exhibit

     Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln NE

Boulder Festival of the Arts on 29th St. - 2010

Phippen Museum Western Art Show - 

    Winner First Place for 2011 & 2014

    Winner Second Place for Pastels for 2010

Fort Worth Main St. Art Festival - 2010

Dallas Arboretum Artscape -  2010 & 2011

Fiesta Show - San Antonio 2010 & 2011

River Art Show and Festival at La Villita in San Antonio, TX -2009 

Central Texas Pastel Society Challenge Painting Show - 2011

    Winner Rita Lallathin Award 

Central Texas Pastel Society Exhibition and Competition, Temple, TX 

    Winner Best of Show and People's Choice for 2015 

    Winner Best of Show for 2012

    Winner Merit Landscape for 2011

    Winner Best of Show for 2009

    Winner Merit Landscape and People's Choice for 2008

    Winner Merit Landscape for 2007

    Winner Merit Wildlife for 2006

    Winner First Place for 2005

    Winner Third Place for 2003

"What Texas Means to Me" Art Show, Austin, TX - 2009

Austin Pastel Society Juried Membership Show 2013

   Winner Second in Show

Austin Pastel Society Miniture Show -2009

    Winner Best of Show

10th Annual Fayetteville Art Walk, Fayetteville, TX -2009

Take 190 West Art Show, Killeen, TX - 2009

"Texas Wild Bunch" Professional Artist's Show in Kerrville, TX

    invited artist - 2008 -2009

Austin Museum of Art's Laguna Gloria Holiday Show

     2007 & 2008        

Solo Show at Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center - 2007

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Holiday Show - 2006

Art in the Park Georgetown, TX - 2006

Austin's Artist Harvest Facet Show

    Invited artist - 2006

    Juried artist - 2005

Art Walk in Georgetown, TX

    Invited artist - 2005

    Juried artist - 2004

Wildflower Art Show in Salado, TX

    Invited artist - 2005

    Juried artist - 2004

Critique Circle Art Show at Great Hills Gallery, Austin, TX

     Member show - 2004


Gallery Representation

William Reaves Fine Art Gallery in Houston, Texas

RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas

Blue Building
Jeri Salter
18" x 18"
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