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I am a third-generation art historian, appraiser, and advisor, born and raised in the art business. My grandfather, Leonard Atkison, was an art dealer and gallery owner, and my mother, Cynthia Hale, was a museum curator and credentialed art appraiser. Much of my childhood was spent in galleries, museums, and at art auctions.
I grew up in and studied the American Southwest. I graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, and The University of Oklahoma where I pursued my masters and doctoral studies, teaching in the English Department, Film and Media Studies Department, and Native American Studies Department. I also lectured in the School of Visual Arts as well as at many art museums, publishing in books, journals, and magazines.
Later, I was the director of the Brett Weston Archive, and curated several museum exhibitions, including the traveling retrospective Brett Weston: Out of the Shadow. And I advised the Christian Keesee Collections of contemporary art in New York, Oklahoma, and Colorado, in addition to other private, corporate, and institutional art collections. In each of these roles, I developed close relationships with dealers, galleries, auctions, publishers, and especially collectors. With over twenty-five years experience in the art market, I am an IRS qualified appraiser and an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA AM), and chaired their Specialty and Advanced Studies Committee (SAS). I am also an auction house contract specialist (Sotheby’s and Santa Fe Art Auction) and a Chubb Preferred Service Provider.
Philanthropy is central to my beliefs, and besides annual contributions, I serve as a committee member and charity auctioneer for museums and non-profits in my communities.
To each client's project, I bring my history, education, credentials, and service, realizing substantive and credible results.
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