Texas Watercolorist Captures ‘Unspoiled Paradise’ of Laguna Madre Field Station

October 06, 2015

Texas Watercolorist Captures ‘Unspoiled Paradise’ of Laguna Madre Field Station

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. David Tripp, the inaugural artist for the newly created Laguna Madre Field Station (LMFS) Artist-In-Residence Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has created 19 watercolors featuring the “unspoiled paradise” of the Laguna Madre.

These beautiful paintings will be on display from Monday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on the University campus. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Tripp, a watercolorist from Arlington, Texas, spent five days in June 2015 at the LMFS creating the watercolor paintings. While on-site, he observed thriving plant and animal habitats to create art “en plein air.” Tripp was selected by Dr. Paul Zimba, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies, and Associate Professor for the College of Science and Engineering.

The Laguna Madre, one of the largest hypersaline lagoons in the world, has been recognized as a fragile ecosystem requiring study since the early 1980s. As part of the efforts to expand knowledge about the field station and surrounding environment, the Center for Coastal Studies worked with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Alumna and Coastal Bend Artist, Dinah Bowman, to establish the Artist-in-Residence Program patterned after what is done at National Parks.

Tripp, who has presented nearly 40 showings of his award-winning paintings, teaches at Arlington Martin High School and is an Adjunct Professor of Religion and History at Texas Wesleyan University. He received his education from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State).

A formal showing and sale of all artwork produced is planned for March 2016 at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. The funds from art sales will help support the Artist-in-Residence Program and the LMFS.