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THE FLAG PROJECT
For those not from Texas, there is no easy way to describe the profound mystique that resonates in the Lone Star State, and the deep loyalties that unite 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. This unique heritage resonates within its people, inspiring excellence and innovation. Texas is home to NASA as well as 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 the Lone Star State leads the nation in cotton production. Texas is home to over 200 colleges and universities, and to countless museums. McDonald Observatory, perched high in the Davis Mountains, is one of the world's leading centers for astronomical research and public education. The state capital is home to the nation’s finest live music scene, host of SXSW and ACL. The San Antonio Spurs have won five NBA titles, and the other two Texas teams have won three. And when it’s time for a break from the excitement of modern Texas, a trip to magnificent Big Bend National Park, the Palo Duro Canyon, Padre Island National Seashore or Enchanted Rock will awe and inspire the best of hikers. And that’s all before the actual bragging begins.
The Flag Project began after exploring popular iconography as a graphic designer for a couple of decades. Recently finishing a show of Hearts, I thought of exploring flags on canvas next, and chose the flag of my home state for its simple, beautiful, powerful design. The goal was to capture the spirit and dynamic range of Texas and its inhabitants through the use of multiple approaches and styles. And I measured success by selling to patrons on all sides of social and political spectrums, to many repeat customers, and even to non-native Texans.
I hope you enjoy looking at my flag art. If you are interested in commissioning a work, contact me to discuss.