This month we honor the work of Don Collins, whose beautiful artwork has graced our annual calendar for each of the past 40 years. Don has produced approximately 400 works for our calendars, allowing us to share his passion with our customers.
Don has embraced hunting unique sites on back roads, long-deserted main streets and historical libraries in Texas for decades. The special sites include a story – be it a story of getting onto the property to take a photo, a story of the building itself, or a tale involving the folks he met on his adventures. His drawings and paintings breathe life back into these old homes, barns, courthouses, shanties and structures that he has chosen. Don authored the book, Traces of Forgotten Places: An Artist’s Thirty-Year Exploration and Celebration of Texas as It Was sharing some of these stories and drawings.
For the beautifully restored Austin house that graces the cover of the 2017 Miller Calendar, Collins made a late fall visit after the thick tree cover had shed its leaves.
Raised in Parker County west of Fort Worth, Don worked as a commercial artist after serving in the Army during the Korean War and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Though he produced a wide range of images for commercial accounts ranging from builders, architects, book publishers and NASA, Don now concentrates on landscapes, character studies, and nostalgia pieces.
Collins is active in his “retirement”, having recently published a colorful children’s book featuring animals of all kinds visiting doctors and dentists. He is involved with several DFW art organizations, accepts several commissions yearly, and travels abroad, with a trip to Africa scheduled in 2017. Additional work and contact information are available on his website, www.dchandart.com. Order your 2017 calendar today on our website.