Stylle Read Western Artist

Stylle Read is Lone Star, tried and true... born in Lufkin, Texas, on to Tyler and Fort Worth, and now the dusty outskirts of Cleburne.

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Work in progress, December 04, Alpine, TX.

It was in college at the University of North Texas at Denton that he discovered his talent and love of mural painting.
Stylle comes by it naturally, born into a family surrounded by art. His artist father, Sleepy Read, painted abstracts and modern art, but also painted landscapes of rural Texas.

Stylle has 25 years of experience painting professionally. In 1979, he began painting scenes on vans, a hot item back then. A Remington scene adorned his own van. He painted scenes on Nashville musicians' touring busses, including Hank Williams, Jr.

History has always been a favorite with Stylle. His love of the Old West time period is apparent in his many infamous western scenes.

Stylle's forte is creating original historical recreations, such as "Milton Faver Crossing the Rio Grande, 1873", a 16 x 70 ft. mural in the Kiowa Gallery. The mural depicts Faver, an early Presidio County settler, driving 1,000 head of cattle by moonlight across the Rio Grande River from Mexico.

His largest mural is the 31 x 83 ft. Texas street scene for the Fort Worth Stockyard. He works quickly, sometimes completing a large mural in days. Airbrush, paint brushes, rollers and spray guns are his tools, using artist's paint, high gloss paint and house paint. Outside murals are then covered by a sealer developed by NASA for UV ray blockage to prevent excessive fading of color.

Perfectly matched to his love of travel, Stylle's work has brought him to many parts of the country, from California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, to Tennessee and all over his home state of Texas.

Although western themes are his preferred subject to paint, he can paint anything, from angelic scenes to race cars, replicas of Remingtons and Russells, in commercial buildings as well as private homes. Recently, Stylle painted a series of 3 dimensional fiberglass longhorn steer for Timberland McClain Ad Agency. You name it, he can paint it.