The artist Houston Llew was just seven the first time he got lost in the art world. A boy gone missing at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art, he was found sitting on a bench, quietly pondering Botticelli's Annunciation and sketching its rays of light in his notepad. The young boy drew fascination from arts abstraction elements of the whole that capture the spirit of the moment. In later years, with less panic spread to his elders, Houston shared the same quiet moments in Holland with Van Gogh and with da Vincis Mona Lisa at the Louvre.
A southern boy born in Nashville, Houston attended school at Auburn University in Alabama then went to work at the seaport of Savannah. He moved along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico where he kept books and cast netted to keep his sanity. The old South captured his eye for icons; moss-draped ancient live oaks and weary shrimp boats hanging onto the sunset, but Houston Llew had not yet found the prima vitae he needed for his imagery. He adventured on westward in a Winnebago, fueling his tank with the occasional poker game.
Houston soon found himself in Santa Fe where he would meet the accomplished artist Zingaro. The master found Houston to be a young man worthy of his mentorship and came to share with him a precious gift his luminous medium of glass fired to copper a timeless technique the man himself had inherited from the late masters Craig Ruwe and Fred Ball of California. When Houston Llew envisioned his spirited imagery captured in this fire, he knew hed come full circle lost again in the world of art.