Gene Dillard comes to portraiture from a background of extensive academic training and experience in the graphic arts field. Growing up in Texas in a home filled with art created by relatives, Gene began painting and drawing at an early age.
He studied art at Baylor University and completed a Degree in Fine Art at the University of Texas at Austin. He then studied at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He completed his second bachelor’s degree at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
He ascended through a career in advertising design as an Art Director and Creative Director for major national and regional advertising agencies in Texas. He worked on such notable accounts as Exxon, Borden, Phillips Petroleum, Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper, Kraft Foods and many others. His ad designs have been published throughout the U.S. in national media. Throughout his career in advertising he maintained a strong parallel activity of painting and teaching art and design. He has taught classes at Southern Methodist University, The Art Institute of Dallas and in the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas.
Gene teaches workshops, and he is a member of the Portrait Society of America.