Robert Louis Brickhouse, 77, native of Beaumont, Texas, long- time resident of Houston, died April 16, in the studio of his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He was an award-winning painter whose work was recognized with gold and silver medals from the Dallas, Denver and Houston Art Directors Clubs, top awards from Art League Houston and an Award of Excellence from the New York Society of Illustrators. His paintings are included in the private collections of Charlie Thomas, the former owner of the Houston Rockets; actor Clint Eastwood; and Brown and Root and Powell Co., a series of paintings for their Paris offices. His work was exhibited at the Meredith Long Gallery in Houston and multiple galleries in San Miguel de Allende. His last art show was Continuum - From Beaumont to San Miguel, which was on exhibit in 2013 at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and was organized by his brother J. Earl Brickhouse. Brickhouse began painting at age three. After graduating from French High School he honed his craft at Lamar University and the Texas Academy of Art before launching his career in commercial advertising as a graphic artist. He worked for the Houston Post as well as petroleum companies Exxon Dowell Inc. and Brown and Root. He taught at Sam Houston State University where he inspired hundreds of students to develop their skills and follow their dreams of becoming artists. After a long career in the commercial advertising industry in Houston he left to concentrate exclusively on fine art. He traveled to Mexico frequently, especially to San Miguel de Allende, the setting and inspiration for much of his work and where he lived the last 14 years of his life. Brickhouse is survived by his daughter, Valarie Brickhouse of Houston; son, Christian Brickhouse of Hawaii; son-in-law, Mark Herrera of Trinidad; grandchildren, Brandilyn, Michael, and Kristena Herrera; great grandson, Croix Carmichael; grand children- in-law, Sean Carmichael, Carolina Herrera (all of Houston); brother, J. Earl Brickhouse of Beaumont; and former wives, Sandra Brickhouse of Owensboro, KY and Jackie Murders of Houston. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mabel Brickhouse; sisters, Stella Russell, and Carol Brickhouse. There will be a private service for the family in Houston at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Art League Houston: artleaguehouston.org. Brickhouse's online art gallery can visited at robertbrickhouse.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 22, 2014