Oil Painting, Texas lighthouse - 24"x20"
96" x 72" oil on canvas
Oil Painting, 76" x 59," of a farm homestead in the Big Bend of Texas where an original inhabitant raised five children and farmed with water from the nearby Rio Grande River.
This 6' x 5' oil painting was inspired by a visit to Peter's Hat Company in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Few places have I visited where the atmosphere of craftmanship, tradition and professional pride in the creation process were so evident. It felt as if I had physically entered the oil painting process but in another medium. Visually, the shop was stunning, crammed with objects that danced with shape and color. It demanded a painting and I am proud to present the results.
Original Oil Painting, 5’ x 4’ My brother in law, Bart Larson, is an extremely talented Missouri photographer (check out www.reflectionsofglory.com .) He emails many of his photos to me annually. One of those photographs featured the sky that I used in this painting. I combined that sky with a shot of a plowed field from an overpass near Midlothian, Texas, for this "after the rain" image. Thank you, Bart, for your contribution.
Original Oil Painting, 5’ x 4’ The Farmer’s Market nestles in the crook of Dallas’ arm and presents a vibrant contrast between the relaxed rural and the bustling city. That image intrigued me. Additionally, on a visit to the market, I noticed the contrast of outdoor light to indoor and this visual accent sealed the deal. This painting is the result of both appeals.
Original oil painting, 4' x 2'. This freighter creeps across the horizon silhouetted against the rising sun one early morning as I watched the Gulf of Mexico from the beach at South Padre Island. The light in the sky and on the sea caught my eye as a painter and I am pleased to share my interpretation of that morning.
5' x 5' oil on canvas Just South of Waco down I-35 the land starts to shift from the plains of North Texas to the Hill Country of Central Texas. This painting portrays that shift as the weather also shifts from hot early summer day to thunderstorms. This painting is in a private collection in Midlothian, Texas.
Original oil painting, 5' x 2'. Small town squares, usually featuring a courthouse, are important parcels in every Texans' memories. When I first saw downtown Waxahachiee which is about 30 miles South of Dallas, I knew I had to paint it. A town square is part of a Texans' psyche. I chose to paint this one to symbolize them all.
Original oil painting, 78" x 54". The road to Boca Chica Beach is one of the most desolate and lonely in Texas. Just South of South Padre Island on the other side of the ship channel, the road leads to one of Texas' most pristine beaches, no hotels, no restaurants, no buildings at all. The road dead ends at the beach and launches you into a costal beach world not much changed since Spanish Conquistadors.
Step across this trickle of water and you are in Mexico. Drought ravaged the area when I visited the Rio Grande River near the Southern entrance to St. Elena Canyon in the Big Bend of Texas.
Original oil painting, 5' x 4'. Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, is a rite of passage for young people in the State. Generations have flocked to its shores in a ritual return to their roots as they enjoyed the sun, the area's beauty and experienced themselves. This painting symbolized all of those young people but is also a portrait of my son and daughter-in-law as they enjoy their boat on the lake's inviting surface.
Original Oil Painting, 5’ x 4’ On a trip through central Texas with my son a few years ago, we visited the Goliad battleground. For you that have never heard of it, the battle at Goliad took place during the Texas revolution for independence from Mexico shortly after the more famous battle at the Alamo. I was struck by the atmosphere. Much like when I visited the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I could almost feel the tragic events that occurred on the site. This painting attempted visu
8' x 4' oil on canvas. The Port Aransas Ferry shuttles traffic from the Texas mainland to the island town of Port Aransas. This painting is of one of six ferries but they all look to the casual viewer the same. On several of my trips across, dolphins followed and jumped along with the ferry. This is my favorite section of the Texas Gulf Coast and this ferry painting seems to catch the smell of the early morning gulf air.
Original oil painting, 6' x 5'. This painting features the paddock area of the thoroughbred racetrack in Grand Prairie, Texas. A friend suggested, "There aren't any horses?" That's true. To me, the track is about people, beautiful architecture and the hot afternoon sun.
Original Oil Painting, 4’ x 3’. The art director in charge of this composition was my wife. For years, this painting’s subjects graced the corner of my living room. Now, its depiction in oils hangs in my home’s entrance.
Original Oil Painting, 3’ x 4’.I have seen many paintings of this Grapevine, Texas, local landmark. Most feature locomotives puffing and crowds milling. The building and the light one morning when I visited appealed to me more than puffing and milling but I did not want to fall into the cliché trap that this subject has become. Because I am a twenty-five year resident of the city and the morning that I was there the sum cast light bouncing across the station’s railroad crossing, I had my cliché
I am a little older now but like to think that I look like the young guy in this painting.
Original oil painting, 8' x 6'. One afternoon, I was waiting for a plane in the Harlingen, Texas, airport where I spied this claw machine in the airports arcade. Almost instantly, I knew I had to paint it due to the light dancing on these quality stuffed toys. The fact that I had just been blessed with my first grandchild also was an influence, I am sure. But the appeal of the subject also had something to do with a civilization in a box, the claw machine's own toy world.
Original oil painting, 8' x 6'. For years I wanted to paint a "honky-tonk" bar but most I've seen were too "Hollywood" or "Rinestone Cowboy." The bar at the Stagecoach Ballroom in East Fort Worth, Texas, totally satisfied my urge. This is a painting you need to see in person due to it's "darkness" and purple light contrasts. It does not photograph well but sparkles in reality.
Original oil painting, 3' x 4'. Grandchildren explode into one's life. My first grandchild, a granddaughter, entered my life and inspired another of my paintings, "Inside the Claw Machine," but this painting is more direct. Big Bear, one of her favorite stuffed animals, sits on the top of the sofa against the light streaming through shutters. The painting expresses the patience and melancholy of my waiting times for her visits. The painting becomes almost a self-portrait of the artist waiting fo
Original oil painting, 5' x 4'. Early in my painting career, I did an outdoor art show on the bank of this creek in Salado, Texas, a little North of Austin. Temperature must have been 110 degrees. As I studied the colors and values of this painting's background, I wished I could soak my feet in its cool water. The Ford is 1930 vintage. The young Texans splashing in the creek (in my imagination) may have been my parents.
Original oil painting, 6' x 5'. This large oil painting features Ferguson's Grocery in Waxahachie, Texas. As a child, I was given a nickel and sent by my mother with my sister and brother to a one-room grocery much like this one. There, we gorged on candy for much of the afternoon. Small stores like this are mostly part of Texas' past. I was lucky to stumble on this one.