Chuck Markham, local watercolor artist, had his work "Desert Yard Art" accepted in the 29th annual Breckenridge International Juried Art Show.


Markham, 77, resides near Duffau and has been painting watercolor for about eight years.


"I had taken some art in college and I needed something to do," he said. "Watercolor became my new passion."


Before taking up watercolor, Markham toured the United States on a motorcycle and visited all 50 states.


However, he hit a deer going 75 mph and spent many weeks in the hospital, which ended his motorcycle touring passion.


Markham is a two-tour Vietnam vet, who served one tour as a tank platoon leader and the other tour as a helicopter pilot.


He is a retired military officer and is also retired from Caporal Forging where he was a general foreman.


Now that he is retired, Markham spends almost every day painting in his art studio that he built on his own property.


"I love it because it’s all absorbing," he said.


Markham has been entering juried shows for the last four years. Last year, he won best watercolor at the Lone Star show in Brownwood.


"I have had pieces in the Society of Watercolor Artists shows in Fort Worth and the Clifton Wildflower show. I have had works in several CTFAC shows and had a one man show at the airport," he added.


Markham is a member of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council and the Society of Watercolor Artists.