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“In every painting, I also use the brushes and paints that I inherited from my grandmother, a wise and compassionate elder. The brushes in the vase beside her easel still had paint on them, waiting for her to return to them, when she passed. Using them on every canvas connects my art with that heritage.”
Atkinson’s array of awards from distinguished juried events affirms his excellence in realistic portraiture and narrative painting. In 2020, Atkinson was awarded Best of Show at the Western Spirit Juried Art Show, as well as the Patrons Purchase Award at the Bosque Arts Classic, where he also received a Gold Medal for his painting, “Give No Ground.” Atkinson was awarded the Silver Medal in the 2019 Bosque Art Classic, and in 2017, Atkinson received the Award for Excellence at the American Plains Artists Annual Invitational Show. Atkinson has participated in a number of invitational shows including, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show, Colorado Indian Market, Mountain Oyster Club, Western Associates Juried Show, Parker Artist Guild Juried Show, Once Upon a Time in the West, Mueller State Park Invitational, Florissant Fossil Beds Annual Juried Show and more. Atkinson has appeared in National Fine Art Magazines such as Southwest Art as well as Luxe Magazine’s promotional feature on Colorado artists.