About the Artist
Born in Abilene, Texas in 1951 Brad lived there until he was 13. His maternal grandmother, Maybell Hutchins was a primitive Texas painter and ceramist, and he spent a major portion of his childhood painting and working with her. By the time he was in his early teens, his family had permanently relocated to the ranch they owned near the small Texas town of Hico, where he had already spent much of his childhood. In 1974 he received a bachelor of architecture degree from Texas Tech University where he also studied art and painting. It was also in 1974 that he first moved to San Antonio and began working as an architect at The San Antonio Development Agency in the planning department. In 1975 he left S.A.D.A. to work for Cerna, Garza, and Raba. He spent the remainder of his career as an architect with the prestigious San Antonio firm of Ford, Powell, and Carson, where he had the opportunity to work with world renowned architect Oneil Ford. After 1978, he began painting full time. For a period of years, he had his work exhibited in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions, and participated in a series of competitions where he regularly won awards. In 1981 he was commissioned by MOKA, a publishing company to design the first Texas Folk Life Festival poster. This image of the longhorn cow with a balloon tied to her horn has become a familiar symbol of the nationally recognized annual festival. Only one edition of 3000 posters was printed and now those original posters have increased in value. Originally priced at $25, now the unsigned posters are valued at $1000, and signed copies have sold for as much as $2000 each. There were a small number of the posters signed and numbered by the artist for the Institute in 1981, and some of these have been known to sell for as much as $6000 each. He was commissioned again for the 1991 poster on the ten year anniversary of the first poster. His original painting for the 1991 Texas Folk Life Festival hangs in the US Embassy in Moscow. Also in 1981, he created the painting for the cover of the Frost Brothers Christmas catalog This idea of a wreath made of prickly pear cactus is considered to be a traditional southwestern decoration during the holiday season. It was this painting that inspired the creation of actual wreaths. It was during this same period that he moved to New York where he lived and worked for several years, regularly returning to San Antonio where he kept a studio. In 1984 he was commissioned by The Joffrey Ballet to create a painting for the ballet "JAMBOREE" by Gerald Arpino. The ballet with Brad's painted front curtain made it's world premier in San Antonio in June of 1984, and it's New York premiere at Lincoln Center in March of 1985. He also created the original scenic backdrop for the cult play A TUNA CHRISTMAS by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and Ed Howard. TUNA CHRISTMAS, along with Brad's painting was performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush in 1990. He has now returned to San Antonio, where he continues to paint and exhibit his work throughout the country and abroad. He teaches watercolor painting at two art schools, The Coppini Academy in San Antonio and Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation in Boerne, Texas.
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