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Home Portraits: Inside and Outside the USA. . .

Home Portraits: Inside and Outside the USA. . .

House Portraits
There is no limit to the new and interesting requests I receive for special commissioned paintings these days. They nearly all start with clients in the USA -- usually after I have completed a painting of their own home. This seems to liven up their creative juices and that's when the fun begins.  Usually they are for special gifts. In my last email, I released a newsflash that I have now completed paintings of homes and historic buildings in every state across America, however I wanted you to know that I don't just limit myself to the the USA.  I thought you might like to take a peak at some commissioned paintings that I have created of scenes that are inside of homes as well as house portraits that go beyond our US…
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House Portraits Now in Every State!

House Portraits Now in Every State!

House Portraits
Moving forward on my coffee table book. When I first relaunched my art career some years ago and decided to focus on my true passion -- architectural art -- I had what seemed like a very far-fetched and impossible goal: to create paintings of homes and historic buildings in every single state across the USA. Well I recently achieved this target when I completed a painting of a beautiful old theater in Wyoming, the last remaining bastion. Now I can move onto the next steps in putting my coffee table book together. This book is also a long time dream of mine.  It will include my paintings in every state and document my architectural journey across America -- from the eyes of an artist. I will do my best to reveal…
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Announcing my San Antonio House Portrait Collection!

Announcing my San Antonio House Portrait Collection!

House Portraits
The first of many interesting home portraits ... I ventured into San Antonio for the first time last year while touring Texas and was pleasantly surprised at the sheer diversity and impressive array of house portrait styles. I guess I was expecting to see many more Spanish style homes but I found that the Greater San Antonio area has it all! In studying up more, I learned that architecture in San Antonio comes from a wide variety of sources. While it is true that many of the city's homes reflect Texas' Spanish and Mexican roots; with some influence from French builders, rapid growth in the city since the mid twentieth century has led to a fairly wide variety of interesting contemporary architectural buildings as well.  San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the U.S.…
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My House Portrait Stars of 2017

My House Portrait Stars of 2017

House Portraits
I don't tend to do a lot of looking back as I'm usually too busy speeding forward... but before the first month of 2018 disappears, I decided to take a look back at all my house portraits of 2017 and pick out some star projects. Reflection is good and it really was quite a year. It was super hard to choose just a few from so many, but I wanted to share these stellar examples with you. There are just two main categories: "The MOST ___________" which covers the most cliff hanging, the most elaborate, the most surprising and the most missed, to name a few. There were also a number of FIRSTS last year. My job is interesting enough as it is, but these firsts really kept things lively!…
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My Houston Home Portrait Favorites

My Houston Home Portrait Favorites

House Portraits
Houston Homes and Watercolor Memories... Being that I am currently in the process of putting my coffee table book together, it occurred to me some months ago that I had virtually nothing to show for the state of Texas.  I mean it's only one the 2nd biggest state geographically and the 3rd most populous state in the country!  I somehow had the idea that there would be nothing but boring dusty ranch houses, lots of brown and a distinct lack of anything resembling growth and green. Upon arriving in Houston I discovered nothing could be further from the truth.  I first feasted on some of city's oldest landmarks such as the famous art deco Houston Town Hall and the stunning Neo-Byzantine subjects standing tall on the campus of Rice University.…
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The Art of Journaling

The Art of Journaling

Journals and Diaries
Keeping Journals and Diaries  - an exploration into yourself and the world around you. In this wise, I'm not sure if I am dated, or ahead of my time. For centuries, long before this ever-expanding digital age we live in today,  one recorded their impressions of the world around one, of nature, events and people along with ones thoughts, dreams and creative ideas in journals or dairies. Regular folks, not just artists, would draw their special memories, often imbue them with color, include their thoughts, ideas, musings, poems and special messages. It was something they could then reflect on later. Often they would pass these journals onto their children who would in turn pass them on further. Leonardo de Vinci and Virginia Wolfe are famous examples of this. Today this…
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My 10th Historic Preservation Award  – Presented in St. Louis!

My 10th Historic Preservation Award – Presented in St. Louis!

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award
Portrait of a home  - from decayed abandonment to a brand  new life! My 10th award goes to . . .  Ray Simon and Mel Pashea of St. Louis for their stellar actions to save and fully restore two pre-Civil War cottages that had been abandoned for over a decade. [caption id="attachment_8255" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The unveiling of the St. Louis Award painting[/caption] Ray Simon, an architect and noted rehabber in Benton Park, had the vision to rescue the two crumbling relics on Missouri Ave. Together with partner Mel, they transformed the fading structures into what is often described as one of the coolest properties in the neighborhood. I was honored to have St Louis Ninth Ward Alderman Dan Guenther speak to the gathering of friends and neighbors and relate stories…
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