The Texas Artist Who Turns Dirty Cars Into Intricate Art – Texas Monthly

Texas reporter turns fifty in October 2022. Each week until then, we’ll be sharing classic episodes from the show’s history and behind-the-scenes thoughts from TCR’s creator and host, Bob Phillips.

In the process of filming Texas reporter, we meet a lot of artists. I think it’s because artists tend to have different ways of looking at the world, and they seem to have given a lot of thought to life itself. Artists need to express themselves and we are happy that they do so, with a TCR the camera rolls as they do so.

But this raises questions: what is art? And who exactly is an artist?

Well, we avoided answering those questions decades ago by invoking this quote: “He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.” It is often attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, but it does not matter who said it because it suits our purpose perfectly. If you create with passion, then you are an artist in our book.

So, over the years, we’ve made stories about artists of all kinds: the man who cornered the market for Elvis paintings on velvet; the woman who created sculptures out of trash; the barber who cuts images on the side of your head while giving you a haircut. But one of my favorites was the guy who turned dusty old cars into works of art.

Scott Wade lived at the end of a long caliche road in the Hill Country. His car was always covered in clay soil and – people being people – often inscribed with the phrase “Wash me!!”

“I can do better than that,” he thought, so he got out his brushes and started creating copies of master paintings, like the mona-lisa, on the rear windshield of his car. This has led to many more commissioned works for people who don’t mind the art disappearing at the first sign of rain. He even produced a photo of a wandering TV reporter on the TCR vehicle when we visited that day in 2006.

And that, folks, was real art.

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