A Honky-Tonk Artist

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Sometimes people ask me why I create western-wear paintings... 

SOmetimes I tell them about how my background and interests focus on the integration of arts and creativity at the community level. Or how I like thinking about the idea of a "Social Fabric"- the fashion worn during connections between friends and strangers in the Texas Honky Tonk and Dance Hall cultures...

But sometimes I just tell them the story of how my twin daughters came to be... which is what I'll do right now...

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My husband & I met in an old Texas Dance Hall, just outside of Blanco, TX. Twin Sisters Dance Hall to be exact.

Oh, if those walls could talk.
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For over 140 years the Twin Sisters have hosted down home memories for friends, families, strangers… even strangers who would share a first dance, then a second, eventually fall in love, and even, sometimes, fill each other’s dance card for ages to come…
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That night at Twin Sisters, Juliet had all of the right moves. Dason took her dance lesson and he reports that watching her teach Two-Step sealed the deal.
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From a nice conversation… to a fun first dance… to a business card left at Juliet’s work… to an extremely comfortable mid-week lunch, we both started to get the feeling that this was a connection worth looking into.
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Oddly enough, the day after our fabulous lunch date, Juliet got diagnosed with cancer. (Juliet actually postponed her doctor’s appointment one day to make the lunch). Dason, who barely knew Juliet, was very supportive thorough her 7 months of treatment- emailing, texting, and just being a good friend.
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About 6 months into treatment, Dason took an excited (and hairless) Juliet out to dinner.
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It was truly a magical night out… and we've been Two-Stepping every since...
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Oh yeah, we ended up having twin daughters... (one which we named after Fischer Dance Hall were we celebrated our marriage).

It must have been written in the stars at an old Texas Dance Hall- the Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, TX.

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