The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the Homeland

Decorative Painting Techniques

By Susan Kaderka

Decorative artists used a variety of techniques to achieve the exquisite ornamentation found in the painted churches of Texas.

Examples of decorative painting in Texas churches, homes and public buildings are featured in an excellent volume: Decorating Texas: Decorative Painting in the Lone Star State from the 1850s to the 1950s (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1993) by Buie Harwood, professor of Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

When you visit painted churches you will see many styles of decorative painting. There is a description of some of the predominant types of painting below.

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