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THE FLAG PROJECT
I began the Flag Project in 2004 after exploring iconography as a graphic designer for a couple of decades. Finishing a show of football art for the production-facility host of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, I decided to tackle flags next, and chose the flag of my home state for its simple yet powerful design. The goal was to capture the spirit and dynamic range of Texas through multiple techniques. Since then, I’ve been hired to paint many flag canvases, and I measure success by creating these paintings for patrons from every walk of life, from corporate to residential, and even for non-native Texans.
There is no easy way to describe the profound mystique that resonates in the Lone Star State, and unites its famously friendly people. It's an artifact of a compelling history; six flags have flown over Texas, each representing a different era in the Texas narrative, each era contributing to the evolution into a modern power. Texas has the largest medical center on Earth, and the Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage. Texas placed four cities in the top five in the list of best cities nationally for job growth, and we lead the nation in cotton production. Texas is home to NASA, and McDonald Observatory perched high in the Davis Mountains is one of the world’s leading centers for astronomical research. Texas is home to over 200 colleges and universities, and to countless museums. The state capital hosts the nation’s finest live music scene, including SXSW and ACL. North Padre Island is the longest undeveloped barrier island on the planet, and road trips to magnificent Big Bend, the Palo Duro Canyon, Guadalupe Peak or Enchanted Rock will awe and inspire. And that’s all before the actual bragging begins.