Rob was commissioned for a client who had spent time living with their family in Austin, Texas. Rob had also spent time living in the bustling city, and had a view similar to this one looking at Downtown over Lady Bird Lake. The skyline itself has changed dramatically over the past 12 years but this composition includes the Frost Building and the Austin Power Station as well as giving prominence to the Texas State Capitol. The Lone Star makes an appearance as well as the infamous longhorn, state flowers and the Northern Mockingbird, the state bird of Texas.
Austin has long held a place in my heart and I was delighted to make this. I love Texas – its independence, its weirdness and its people. There is nothing like Texas hospitality and I wanted to create a piece that captures this proud and inclusive city as it keeps growing and becoming more diverse.