Anthony Amason found commercial success as an artist at a young age.
Growing up in Stigler, Amason loved drawing cartoons from the various shows and Disney movies he watched. He even sold his drawings of Looney Tunes characters on the school bus as an elementary student.
“Growing up in a small country town allowed me the opportunity to have plenty of time to explore and discover, which is why nature and life inspire my artwork,” Amason said.
Today, he says he creates art because of the feeling of accomplishment and pride he gets while glorifying God through the gift he’s been blessed with.
“Everything around us is a form of art in some way or another,” Amason said. “Without art in our culture, I truly believe we wouldn’t have most of the technology and architecture that we see today. Creative, artistic minds are why we have most of the amazing things we have.”
Amason believes art has an ability to tell a culture’s story.
“Our modern art will be that amazing visual history lesson for many generations to come,” he said.
A Stigler High School graduate, Amason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Master’s in Teaching degree at Northeastern State University.
“I decided being an art teacher was the best fit for me, since I enjoy all mediums,” he said. “But if I had to choose, I would go with large-scale graphite and acrylic painting.”
He’s in his fourth year of teaching at Tahlequah High School, which he finds very rewarding.
“I love teaching high school art; there is something about helping a student develop into an artist and helping him pursue art as a career choice,” he said. “I love Tahlequah High School and its atmosphere. I have felt accepted from the get-go by my peers and our community, and I am so excited to continue to grow our program.”
Amason said his seniors participated in an art exhibit hosted by NSU in the spring.
“This has been an amazing experience for these students, and since it is funded by donations from local businesses, the students have an opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves without worrying about raising money,” he said. “We appreciate all donations and look forward to working with more businesses around town.”
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