CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. David Tripp, a Watercolorist from Arlington, Texas, will embark on a six-day stay away from the distractions of technology. From June 7-12, he will observe thriving plant and animal habitat and create art reflective of the surroundings at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Laguna Madre Field Station (LMFS).

This is the first Artist-in-Residence Program which was developed by the Center for Coastal Studies.

Tripp is assigned to watercolor “en plein air” his surroundings on the island, as well as keep a journal, post daily blogs, and present a one-man show of his work. Tripp’s watercolors feature subjects drawn from 1950s America, as well as the surroundings from trips down country roads seeking small towns and open countryside settings.

The artist was selected by Dr. Paul Zimba, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies, and Associate Professor for the College of Science and Engineering, who accompanied Tripp during a preview visit in May.

“I knew that the experience would far exceed the marvelous photos sent to me a few months ago, but I was spellbound from the moment the first salt spray hit my face on the boat journey,” said Tripp, after he returned from his visit. “The colors, the winds, the smells, and the feel of the place made me feel that I had been placed in the midst of an unspoiled paradise.”

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 established the Artist-in-Residence Program patterned after what is done at national parks.

“Our hope is that more people will gain an appreciation of this ecosystem from the eyes of artists,” said Zimba.

Tripp, who has presented nearly 40 shows of his paintings of which he has won several awards for, teaches at Arlington Martin High School and is an Adjunct Professor of Religion and History at Texas Wesleyan University.

Tripp received his education from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State).