His paintings are hyper-realistic. The story behind this Wichitan’s stunning work
Ernest Vincent Wood III’s award-winning oil painting, “Hope,” draws attention at Mark Arts, where it’s currently on display as part of the gallery’s Oil Painting National Invitational. The painting depicts a nude man set against a plain background, gazing upward while surrounded by a live dove and origami doves. The man is giving a traditional gesture of blessing, as seen in iconography. The piece, painted earlier this year, won second-place honors at the Mark Arts exhibition, which was underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.