Thursday, July 16, 2009

Big Bend Ranch Paintings in London: Alan Pando

Eighteen year old, Alan Pando, is one of eleven Presidio High School artists invited to exhibit in London's Saatchi Art Gallery this summer. The artwork is inspired by nearby Big Bend Ranch State Park and Fort Leaton State Historic Site. Click here to read more about the show.

Laurie Holman is the art teacher at Presidio High School. “I am an artist as well as an art teacher. I have lived in the Big Bend for 15 years and my love of the rugged beauty is often reflected in my artwork. So often in my class, the students want to paint beach scenes, cityscapes and snow covered mountains…places that most of them had never seen or been before. I tell them to paint what they know, to see their surroundings in a new and different way. So, this is what they did and with great success."

Alan says his "inspiration for, 'Ft. Leaton,' was the structure and color of the old trading post and the history behind it as well." He has been studying for a year, and says "I like to try all different kinds of media. I also like experimenting with different kinds of media."

To learn more about Fort Leaton State Historic Site, click here and here.

To learn more about Big Bend Ranch State Park, click here and here.

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