Retro El Paso — Poster for Sun City

When my wife was a cute, little brown-eyed, brown-haired toddler, she lived in El Paso. I’ve heard a few stories and it’s always intrigued me. It’s also interested me to know that my wife has lived on both edges of Texas—the far west bordering New Mexico, and the far east bordering Louisiana. With all of…

A Catholic’s Artwork for a Baptist Church

So here’s one for you:  A Catholic artist walks into a Baptist church. The office folks of the Baptist church asks if he’s up for doing a commemorative poster to connect history with future, heritage with progress…The Catholic artist says YES!  Funny, right? Well, maybe it’s not “ha-ha” funny, but it’s true nevertheless. And that’s about…

Sweet Abilene, Texas Poster

Bullets, Bibles and Beauties Make One Heavenly Scene in the Boot-Cut, Flat Top of West Texas—Sweet Abilene. See below for more commentary and details. Click the images and thumbnails to view larger shots and close ups.     Abilene, Texas is nestled between Fort Worth and Midland, and it is a classic Texas town. With the…

Kerr as Folk in Texas – Kerrville Poster

The beauty of the open roads, the majesty of the rolling hills, and the peaceful, easy feelin’ you get from the Texas hill country are all well-known. The area wineries, art scenes, wildlife, and the weekend action on the Guadalupe River (and nearby swimmin’ holes and trails) are consistent from town to town all around…

Take 4 Days to Hitchhike—Saginaw Poster

When Paul Simon popularizes a Michigan city (with a jaunty ring to it) in a song, that’s great. When you find a city by the same name in Texas? That’s spectacular. And thus, a poster must be made. See below for more commentary and details. Click the images and thumbnails to view larger shots and…

Bang! Pow! Boom! 10th Annual Boomtown Film & Music Festival Poster

How do you make the “Wild West” a little wilder? How do you make it look different than other “Wild West” depictions? How can you express a “boom” without using the word itself? These are the questions that ran around my sketch pad for a couple of weeks in July. These are the questions that…

EXPORT Art Exhibit — A Wall at the Art Gallery

This summer I had the immense pleasure of having a variety of my design work and graphic art pieces at the Dishman Art Gallery in Beaumont.  I was extraordinarily lucky to be included among a handful of designers and artists in the show to feature the medium in a mix of commercial art and fine…

A Sketchy Past

It’s funny what people know you for. It’s something I think about a lot. I think there is something innocent and reassuring that some folks will continue to see you a certain way no matter what.  We grow, we learn, we get fat, we move around, we change jobs, change hobbies, evolve and mature…no matter what,…

Firefighter Poster – Artwork for the Captain

What do you give someone who spends his whole career saving lives and fighting flames? What do you give to say thank you for facing all of the dangers for us and making our community proud? What do you give to show your appreciation for his bravery, responsibility and dedication?  (See below for images and more…

Port Bolivar: Catch Cabin Fever, Retro Style

There’s no place quite like Port Bolivar. It’s more than just Crystal Beach (as awesome as that is, of course) because it is truly a community and a lifestyle that extends past the sand and sea. Sure, the sea isn’t exactly “crystal” in color, but it doesn’t matter. This puckish peninsula has some of the most…

Galveston: Vintage Pier Pressure

A history of beauty, romance, tragedy, gambling, shady business, big business and storms of biblical proportions, it’s easy to give in to pier pressure with Galveston, Texas…and that’s precisely why I’ve made this poster for my series. See below for more commentary and details. Click the images and thumbnails to view larger shots and close ups….

Commissioned Creative Pt 2

The challenge came as the idea of a unique, personal gift to someone who you’d think “has it all.”  No pressure, right?  We were glad to get the opportunity to work on this project. As stated in Part 1 of this post, a friend and previous partner of Walter Umphrey’s wanted to create something rare…

Commissioned Creative Pt 1

Dr. Seuss meets toxic tort and personal injury law? Sure, you’ll find that in my portfolio now. How many people can say that? See below for my last two projects with Americom Marketing: a promotional, commemorative poster for A Whimsical Christmas (a community dance production for the holidays) and a commissioned gift poster for Walter…

Jollyville, Texas: City of Cheer Since 1866

Is it a city or a pseudo town? Or is it an area that’s just too darn hip to give in to such labels? A glorified neighborhood in north Austin near Round Rock and Cedar Park, this little locale is a happy dose of Texas. See below for more commentary and click the thumbnails to…

Vintage Fort Worth – Where the Steaks are High…

The best of Dallas is WEST of Dallas. That’s what the locals say, and that’s what I’ve come to experience in the friendly and famous town of Fort Worth. It’s not the typical “small” town, but it is often overlooked in the shadow of Big D. This and the history of this place, however, make…

Vintage Marshall: Wonderland of Lights, Love + Leviticus

Up in the East Texas town of Marshall, you’ll find a beautiful scene of the simple life. Among the trees, you’ll find two small colleges surrounded by trees and a forest separated by more trees with a cinematic view of Caddo Lake, which is flanked, of course, by trees. The rich history of Texas, the…

Freeport – Where Freedom Comes in Waves

Further on up the road – er, coast – you’ll find a jewel of a worker town full of seafood, Texas history and grit. Freeport, Texas is south of Lake Jackson and surfs alongside the Gulf of Mexico. And it is a vital addition to the Vintage Poster Series. See more commentary and click the images to…

Be True to Your School – Vintage Posters

School pride is one thing, but it is really something special when your school is darn good at a few things. When you have a few milestones, maybe a championship or two, and a couple of influential people emerge from a graduating class, well you and your classmates may stick together a little long than most…

Muleshoe – The Sole of Texas Since 1913

Muleshoe may be the silliest name for a town in the Lone Star State. It conjures up a smile just by saying it out loud, and it has long been one of the bright, folksy spots for the novelty that is Texas. So naturally, I had to include it in my vintage poster series of…

Vintage Flower Mound – the Bouquet of North Texas

The DFW metro is an expansive, expensive estate. Just north of the world famous international airport and nestled betwixt Dallas and Denton, this fresh, pungent town is a refreshing rose among the thorns (traffic).  (*Scroll below for more commentary and click the images to view larger)    This vintage washed Flower Mound poster shows a mound of…well,…

Beaumont, Texas Fuel – # 100

Blow the trumpets, sound the alarms, call the neighbors, wake the kids, and cue up the cayenne pepper. Poster #100 is complete.  I am happy, proud, confused and exhausted to announce the 100th poster in my Heartfelt, yet Questionable Series of Vintage City Posters for the Forgotten Cities & Towns Across Texas.  And the poster to commemorate this…