Longhorn Santa

It’s not hard to find Christmas-themed products with a bit of longhorn flair here in Texas, so I thought I’d create my own Longhorn Santa Claus!

To create this painting I first took some reference photos of the great Phil Gingras. He’s known in Austin as “Santa Phil”, and he’s quite busy this time of year. During our session he showed me his calendar, already booked up with parties and events between now and the New Year.

And of course, we can’t have a Longhorn Santa without burnt orange colors throughout the image!

This is the first painting of several done with Phil’s help, and I’m looking forward to showing more in the coming weeks. Here’s a photo taken during our session:

The original is an acrylic painting on canvas.

Collections: Austin, Christmas, Paint