Florent P. Baecke, "Springtime", 1972, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in., frame: 32.75 x 44.5 in.
Florent Beacke is a native of San Antonio, Texas. Born with a natural artistic ability, he developed it at a nearly age largely through study and observation. He has a profound love for San Antonio and its historical and picturesque structures and landscapes. Although his works are not strictly traditionally Western, they capture the flavor of the region in which he lives and works. It is for this style, which he does mostly with a palette knife, that he has become well known and sought after by collectors. Mr. Baecke has won several awards for his portrayal of familiar scenes of San Antonio and the Texas countryside. Among them are Coppini Academy of Fine Arts Artist of the Year" and Best Traditional Painting".