Long-time readers of The Daily Flag will remember that I like to write about flags on stamps, though the last time was in October. I do have an excuse—poor eyesight! My eyes have changed dramatically this year, but I have put off getting new glasses, because if I had bought new glass six months ago, I would need new glasses again today.
I use various strengths of magnifying glasses to study the stamps in The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps (33rd edition) and on-line resources, but lately, it makes me queasy to use any magnification at all, so I’ve skipped writing about stamps until now—and I didn’t need a magnifying glass for this story.
I know you’re wondering where I’m going with this, but by now you should know how much I love a bunny trail. This is a good one, so stick with me.
Last winter, Larry began writing extensively about the Texas Revolution, and on February 12 he wrote about the March 2, 1836 event when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. At the end of the article, Larry invited others to share their stories of Texas Independence with The Daily Flag.
Last week I was surprised and delighted to hear from Don Adair, a man who has a terrific “Texas Independence” story to tell, and it’s a story that spans decades. This is where writing about flags on postage stamps and the story of Texas Independence intersect, because Don Adair designed the U.S. Postal Service stamp that celebrated the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial—150 years since the birth of the Republic of Texas.
Today I want to share Don’s biography with you, taken from his website. Tomorrow (Friday, July 25) I am going to let Don tell you how his interest in Texas history got a huge jump-start when he was but a lad of twelve, and on Monday (July 28) he will share the story of how he designed the Texas Sesquicentennial stamp. It’s a great story; I can’t stop smiling about it, and you are going to love it.
Don Adair studied art at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and received a BFA degree in illustration in 1970. As a freelance illustrator, some of Don’s credits include: Two U.S. Commemorative postage stamp designs for the U.S. Postal Service, two S.W. Bell Telephone Directory cover paintings, the Official Poster for the 1984 Republican National Convention, a commissioned tri-portrait of George Herbert Walker Bush, President George W. Bush, and Governor Jeb Bush, the book-jacket illustration for Chuck Colson’s book, The Body, which was awarded the best book-jacket of 1993 by the Christian Booksellers Association.
Also illustrations for Wishbone books, a signed portrait of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one hundred paintings on the history of America, commissioned by the Postal Commemorative Society, oil portraits of professional baseball and football players for Donruss Playoff LP, commissioned paintings of pro golfers Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan and David Frost, and a series of commissioned paintings of countries that have supported the United States after 9/11.
Don particularly enjoys the art of portraiture. He lives in Richardson, Texas with his wife and two sons.