Artists Edgar Sotelo and Tammie Bissett
Posted November 16, 2016
Dr. Eleanor M. Green and Edgar Sotelo
I was born and raised in Old México and came to the states to go
to college. My father was an artist and my grandfather was an
artist. I remember sitting at the kitchen table as a 5 year-old kid
sketching Cowboys and horses with my dad. At that early age, I
started to show some talent. I have been developing that talent for
the last 45 years. I did pencil drawings growing up. But my wife
Michelle encouraged me to try oils in 1992. After I did, I fell in
love with the medium!
We have three daughters; Alissa(18), Aleah (13), and Ava (11).
They all show artistic talent. We have a small place outside of
Sulphur Springs where my wife raises a few prospect performance
I feel that I am the luckiest man around because I get to do
what I love to do. I am very passionate about my art. I love to
paint anything that has to do with tradition. I like to paint
what's important to my collectors. I try to be true to my subject.
I have to have a special connection with my subjects, because that
will reflect the true character of the subject on the final piece.
I am always fascinated by painting light and try to represent it
through my own style.
I feel honored to be chosen to paint the centennial piece. Dr.
Green had a vision to depict the past (tradition), the present, and
what the new school will represent for future generations. I
appreciated the thought behind it and the direction the selection
committee wanted to take with the piece. It made it challenging,
but with a lot of meaning!
I take commission work, and I welcome the opportunity to create
a piece of art for new collectors. Some of my work hangs at
the Texas A&M University Equine Complex board room. And now,
one of my best pieces is part of the permanent collection of the
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in the
Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex. I am honored. Also,
my oldest daughter is planning on attending Texas A&M next
Tammie Bissett and Dr. Eleanor M. Green
I am originally from a small costal community near Port Lavaca,
Texas. I married my high school sweetheart, Wesley T. Bissett,
Jr. DVM, PhD, class of '97. My days consist of designing—on paper,
canvas or AutoCAD. I am an artist, a residential/commercial
designer and general contractor. We live in College Station and
have three amazing children that have wonderful spouses we claim as
our own. Our daughter Whitney and her husband Kaleb Morton are
the parents of our beautiful grandkids, Kaylynn and Karter(in the
painting) of College Station. Our son, Wesley R.
Bissett '11 and his wife Terra (Hausenfluck) '12
live in Portland, TX, and our son Landon Bissett and his wife
Kaitlynn (Williams) live in College Station.
Like a runner that loves to run, I love the peaceful
calmness within me when I paint. I always have music playing
in the room as I paint, and I am mentally and physically in a
wonderful place. I have always gravitated toward and strived
to paint paintings that tell a story, that draw people into a world
of their own. I credit God for giving me the talent I do have
and my parents for letting me peruse my dreams. I took
art lessons from the age of 8-15 years old, then I stopped lessons
because life took over. I painted commission pieces here and
there as requested, but not until Wesley started vet school
did I have the opportunity to paint full-time. I hope someday
to be able to study under some of the greats—but until then, I am
fortunate to have family and friends that can and
will critique my paintings.
I was contacted by Dean Green a little over two years ago
to kick around some ideas for the CVM centennial. She was already
gearing up for this special occasion and had a vision of what she
wanted. She gave me free reign to come up with a concept that I
felt good about. My thoughts for this painting were to show
something of the future in medicine and a piece
of medical equipment that was suspended in mid
air, only connected by the beam of light that you see shining
from the ball while the veterinarian holds it close to the
giraffe's chest cavity and to her fingertip. My second
thought was to show that anything was possible. So, I came up with
the idea of a painting within a painting to give me the several
layers I needed to tell my story. It is of two veterinarians
making their after hour rounds, and they stepped into this
painting bringing it to life as they check all the animals
vitals, giving the animals a chance to play and stretch their
legs and wings, whichever the case may be.
This moment was unexpectedly caught by
two children and their dog walking by. Capturing the
compassion of all the animal groups toward one another and the
wired hair dog was very important to me. Just like our
veterinarians do everyday, they are showing compassion to
all of our furry family friends. Every
veterinarian should stand tall and proud because of
everything they do and everything they accomplish in the animal and
human health world. I am very proud to be married to one of
I have a very strong tie to this college, my husband is the
class of 1997. We had the pleasure of going through vet school
together with our three children. He was the student and we were
his support system. Wesley is with the college now and is Director
of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team.
Anyone that would like to see some of Tammie's artwork or any
behind the scene pictures of this painting can go to Tammie Bissett or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tammie would love to hear from you or see pictures of anyone
standing in front of any of the paintings or print.
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