Rangers' success inspires Lewisville artist




Posted on October 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Richard Nuñez finds inspiration for his work nearly everywhere, but these days, the Texas Rangers' journey to the World Series is behind every brush stroke. 

The Lewisville artist is painting a tribute to David Murphy, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz at Ruth's Chris steakhouse in Dallas.   A client commissioned the piece, but Nuñez doesn't stay in the studio to paint.  He needs to be surrounded by cheering fans, watching the game.

"Doing it now, it's just more meaningful," Nuñez said.  "It's like live performance painting with a band, musicians.  When you do that, the whole feeling is there."

He also feels it when the team loses. 

"If things are really bad, don't touch the painting," said Nuñez.  "Don't paint."

But, when the team is on a roll with big plays, home runs, and wins, Nuñez's hand starts to move.

"There's an energy and there's enthusiasm and it's feeling like I'm part of the team," said Nuñez.  "I know them; we know them; fans know them, and it's awesome."

Nuñez is also painting Christmas ornaments with the faces of the players for fans who want to remember the season and the "live art" experience. 

"It's hard to paint on the little glass ornaments," Nuñez said.  " You have to be very careful with them."

Nuñez is enjoying every moment, but he's looking forward to that championship title.  He hopes his talent helps the Rangers make history.

"It shows how far this team has come over the decades, so just to commemorate this memorable year," said Nuñez.

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