Santa knows

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

I am a Santa Snob.

What does your Santa look like? Is it the quintessential Conde Nast version, or vintage Coca-Cola? Maybe it is the one on Frosties TV special, or Tim Allen’s “Claus” rendition? The Santas characterized today are much more realistic than when I was a wee lass. They play to a tougher audience. Parents are discriminating and may preview the “big guy” before marching their young charges into the lap of a stranger.

I have painted several Santas the last few Decembers and am surprised at who they reveal. Last month I jumped right into a close-up Santa only to see Confucius emerge. Reining in the paint, he morphed into Jason Momoa! Nice surprise, but not my Santa. I have one that looks like Briscoe Darling from the Andy Griffith Show and another that looks like Merle Haggard. This was not my objective, but hard to unsee.

I will keep going, searching for the elusive Santa. The one seen here, is one idea of my Santa. He is 6×6, and available. Does he look like anyone you know?

With the gift giving season upon us, consider the gift of art. There are so many local artists creating unique and beautiful things that cannot be found in the mall. Art gives every time someone sees it and supports local creators and small businesses.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is All works are copyright protected.


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