Tom Biggs’ Medicine Park-inspired watercolors are on display at the Capitol

“Around the World to Medicine Park in Watercolor”
through Aug. 8
Governor’s Gallery, state Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln
weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
521-2931, http://www.arts.ok.gov
free

Tom Biggs is especially proud of his exhibition at the state Capitol, considering his artwork started out as a hobby.

He had worked in the oil and gas industry for 35 years. Upon retirement, he and his wife transplanted to Waurika, where Biggs faced a newfound abundance of free time. He had always loved to draw, so, inspired by the artwork he viewed during international business trips, he started painting. Eventually, a deep appreciation for watercolors helped him discover his muse.

One weekend, Biggs and his wife took a quick trip to Medicine Park. Inspired by the town’s surrounding beauty, the couple decided to relocate.

“I just fell in love,” he said. “My wife fell even more in love.”

Two weeks later, the couple bought a lot in the area, and five years later, built a house. Biggs continued to paint, and the landscapes that surrounded him are illustrated in his exhibit, “Around the World to Medicine Park in Watercolor,” which is on display through Aug. 8 in the Governor’s Gallery at the Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln.

Biggs is honored, and humbled, by the opportunity.

“I’m proud of my work sitting up there for people to see and hopefully enjoy,” he said. “That’s what’s art is about.”

The gallery is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 521-2931 or visit http://www.arts.ok.gov. “”Joshua Boydston

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