WILDFLOWER PAINTING SERIES
My undergraduate degree was obtained at Lamar University in Beaumont,
Texas. It was there that I had the privilege of studying with master
teacher and painter, the late Jerry Newman. Jerry instilled in all
his students a love for nature and a love of paint. In addition,
the land that I purchased in East Texas put me right in the heart
of nature and especially the beauty of Texas wildflowers in the
spring. It was a natural fit for me.
The random patterns, textures, colors and shapes were abundant
in the rural landscape around the Palestine area as well as the
majestic pine trees. I began a life-long love affair for painting
these images. As I progressed with the wildflower painting series,
I felt compelled to express my gratitude to our former first lady,
Mrs. Ladybird Johnson. I became very involved with the Ladybird
Wildflower Research Center located in Austin, Texas. I had several
occasions to personally express my deep respect and appreciation
to Mrs. Johnson.
I visit the subject of wildflowers from time to time now, and each
time I do, I am re-inspired by the magnificence of the landscape
of Texas, the power of the teachings of Jerry Newman, and the far-reaching
environmental contributions of Mrs. Johnson. All these influences,
feelings and emotion are expressed in each of these original oil
paintings of Texas wildflowers.
PLACE OF DREAMS
Arlington Museum of Art
201 W. Main, Arlington, TX
"Caddo Lake, Place of Dreams" is an exhibition of Original
Paintings, Drawings and Fine Art Photography by Bruce Tinch.
The exhibit celebrates the contribution of Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson
and her life-time of work dedicated to natural conservation and
beautification programs using wildflowers, as well as her work for
wetland conservation and anti-litter campaigns. Viewers will be
emerged in a unique total experience of the senses including natural
swamp sounds playing through the museum, tanks of live water lilies
in the main museum lobby, and tree limbs covered with Spanish moss.
The exhibition was launched at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower
Center in Austin, Texas in September 2008 and was claimed by the
Center as the best exhibition they ever housed, attracting a large
attendance from all over the U.S.