Thursday, August 06, 2009

Big Bend Ranch Paintings in London: Zenia Sanchez

Artwork created by Presidio High School art students will be on display at the Saatchi Art Gallery in London, England this summer, including this work by Zenia Sanchez, pictured above.

The school was chosen from others around the world in a competition that is overseen by the Saatchi Art Gallery. These 11 student works were inspired by the beauty of the Big Bend region, focusing in on the Big Bend Ranch State Park and Fort Leaton State Historic Site.

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."

For more information on Fort Leaton State Historic Site, click here and here.

For more information on Big Bend Ranch State Park, click here and here.

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