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Mike Tumlinson

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As a 7th generation Texan, whose ancestors were part of the original 300 to settle our great state in the 1820’s, my love of Texas and it’s heritage runs deep. It is through this love of our diverse state that continually gives me the inspiration & subjects for my artwork. I am a self- taught artist and public school educator of thirty plus years. I was born in Slaton, Texas, in the Texas panhandle where the sky & cotton fields seem to go on forever. The railroad brought my family to the high plains from our old, original family roots in the Gonzales area. The sight of an endless sky, massive storm clouds building, old abandoned structures & windmills, bluebonnets or century old oak trees allow me the opportunity to capture God’s own beauty & creation. Imagine the history & stories of the land they have witnessed and been a part of. These are the things I enjoy in my artwork, whether it is on canvas, random “doodling” in a sketch pad or as I have recently discovered, painting on oak leaves. To me, the oak tree symbolizes the strength & hardiness that characterize the people of this state & this country. The oak leaf paintings which are displayed here help me preserve a small piece of God’s creation for others to enjoy in a most unique way.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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