KEMP, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas artist is creating a mural in the city of Kemp, featuring a favorite Texas musician.
Britney Samford's passion is art, as evidenced by her work to share the love of it to her students in her business, Stop-N-Gogh Art Studio in Mabank, as well as her work on murals around East Texas. Her latest mural work has been captured in time-lapse video, which shows the amount of work, not to mention talent, it takes to create even a small portion of one of the huge works of art.
The video features Samford's work on a mural of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Texas musician whose life ended at the age of 35 in a helicopter crash. Samford is memorializing Vaughan for the people of downtown Kemp. The mural will be visible from the park in that area, Samford says.
Check out her video here.
Samford's murals have gotten noticed by people outside East Texas, too, including the legendary Willie Nelson. In 2016 she painted Nelson's face over an American flag background, along with the words "Willie For President." The mural was painted on the side of the Great American Package Store in Gun Barrel City. Nelson's Facebook page shared the photos, so we assume they approved of the artistic nomination.
Samford's other murals include one on the building her studio is located in, featuring Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Another, of musician Jimmy Hendrix, was lost when the building it was painted on burned, Kemp says.
Samford owns Stop-n-Gogh Art Studio in Mabank. She leads classes for children as well as adults, guiding them through painting techniques so that they leave with their own creation to hang on the wall at home.