About us:

Mary Kearney Hull

The Hull Art Academy is locally owned and operated by Mary Kearney Hull. Mary attended school at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and holds a degree in art from the University of Central Arkansas. She teaches classical skills and conceptual art for a total well rounded package of skills and creativity. Mary’s artwork has been shown around the country and was recently apart of the 2017 International Women’s Works and also exhibited at the Reese Museum and many more. She has had work published in Poet and Artists international art magazine and the “Nature Inspired” international art book.

Mary travels around the country studying under well-known artists and wanted to bring that experience to the DFW area in a grand style with classes and workshops in an environment built around treating the artists and students with hospitality, professionalism and exposure to top-notch artists. The Hull Art Academy offers a large variety of courses for a wide range of students. Mary has a successful record of working with students to create portfolios for college admissions and has created workshops and classes offering portfolio building and college student preparedness. The Hull Art Academy is a professional art studio and gallery where adult students gather for live model sessions and also for art classes for any experience level. The Academy works with local and international artists through visiting artists, workshops, internships and classes.

Barbara Hack

Barbara Hack’s work is an ongoing reflection on people and their emotions. Working predominantly in painting mediums, Barbara relishes the challenge of realistic portraiture, and her subject matter reflects her love for figurative work. But she pushes beyond realism, as well, in her desire to capture resonant moments in time. Her work pursues figures from the past with their moods and their contexts. Ephemeral figures are momentary presences that are nonetheless powerful enough to make lasting, even shaping, impressions. Barbara attempts to understand these figures and their ephemerality and to share that understanding with others.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting after intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Since then, she has continued to harness her artistic talents to drive her professional career. Work in portraiture, fashion illustration, and as a courtroom artist have all allowed Barbara to challenge herself with alternative contexts for figurative artistry, and in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, graphite, and charcoal. . Barbara teaches studio artist’s classes to teens and adults where her love of art and her desire to create quality art for herself is a wonderful influence on her students.


John Cook

John Cook resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife Jean of forty-eight years. John studied illustration at The Art Center School, Los Angeles, CA. For the last fifty-four years, John has been painting, exhibiting and selling his work. He works mostly in oils and is well-known for his plein air paintings.  John has gallery representation in numerous locations around the United States. In 2003 John was in an exhibit in London, England at the Prestigious W H Patterson Gallery with members of Parliament attending. John was featured in The American Impressionist Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition in 2013 and placed Best of Show, at the M. Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC.

Beverly Boren

Bev Boren was born and raised in Texas and now resides in Trophy Club, Texas with her husband Ben. She is a signature member of the Outdoor Painters Society and the Southwestern Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and American Watercolor Society.

Her work is primarily the result of her need to paint. Inspiration can come at any time and in any place. She is not confined to one subject area. She loves to paint a variety of subject matter as well as working in various mediums. Bev’s paintings are created with things that capture her eye whether it’s a still life, landscape, or capturing a person’s personality. Painting is her way of connecting with the world and the people around her and sharing those experiences along the way.

In her words, “Trying to describe or explain my efforts at painting or drawing seems like a futile effort. After all, I want my work to express itself without the necessity of words. My best hope is that my work will stand simply on it’s own, and find a connection with viewers where words fail.”



Elizabeth Hull

Elizabeth Hull is the program director of summer programs and workshop development at the Hull Art Academy. She is creating programs for university students that wish to have experience in an academic and gallery setting. She has a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Central Arkansas. Elizabeth has taught fine arts at the college level and for Corsicana Middle School., as well as, teaching computer animation and web design. Elizabeth has shown paintings and photography in galleries and shows around the United States and has also interned with artists in New during her academic years. As program director of summer programs and workshop development, she is creating programs for university students that wish to have experience in an academic and gallery setting.

All student levels are welcome! Please contact the Academy if you have suggestions for additional curricula or would like private lessons.

1404 W. Hebron Parkway #100, Carrollton, Texas 75010