Bob and Dianne Wilson
Dianne retired from her full-time political career in December 2014 after enjoying an astonishingly successful and award-winning 32 years as the elected County Clerk of Fort Bend County, Texas. Her most outstanding accomplishment, though, was marrying her husband Bob in 1969. “Our first meeting was at the University of Houston ROTC rifle range. Bob was co-captain of the varsity rifle team, and I was taking a class in gun safety.
For over 50 years, Dianne has been an active champion for the mentally disabled. Dianne served as a founding member of Texana Center from 1999-2019 and as the Board of Trustees Chair from 2005-2019. She served on innumerable charitable boards in the county during her political career. Their son, Chris, is an Eagle Scout and a charter member of the Fort Bend Boys Choir.
In January 2014, Dianne started experimenting with oil and acrylic paints on canvas, and has created dozens of artworks. Her art is displayed in private collections, and offices and board rooms of several companies in Fort Bend County. She and Bob have won numerous first, second and third place awards in their division for juried art competitions in Texas. Dianne says “I express joy and excitement for life through my art. Color and movement are most important in my work.” Dianne and Bob both have primary roles in the TV commercial promoting Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery. They are both actors with several state and national commercials to their credit. Dianne served as Vice President of the Imperial Art Alliance, and is also a member of the Art League of Fort Bend, the Lone Star Art Guild and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
If anyone had told me that, beginning at the innocent age of 66, my “second life” would be as an artist, I would have laughed out loud and said “Yeah sure…let’s have a beer.” Growing up as a military kid in the U.S. Army, I lived in Germany 3½ years (shortly after WWII), Taiwan 1½ years (through 7 typhoons), and South Korea 2 years (through the military overthrow of the civilian government.) I wouldn’t trade my early life for all the tea in China (as the saying goes.) It was unique to say the least. Later, as a husband and dad with my own family I’ve traveled widely here in the U.S., the Caribbean, Asia and Central Europe. I served 6 years (2 of which were again in Germany) as a U.S. Army Officer and paratrooper; and many years in human resources management with global engineering companies. By far, though, the best thing I’ve ever done is marry Dianne. Heck, we got married in August, 1969, and we’re just now getting our engines warmed up. Our son, Chris, and his family live and work in Australia. Dianne and I visit as often as possible. It’s a fascinating place with wonderful people. Hey…kind of like Texas and us Texans! We explore our earth as much as we can, and relish every moment. After all…we’re here only once.
I got the acting bug in 2010 and decided to give it a serious shot. On-camera and voice-over training from professional actors and coaches came next, and then signing on with a premier Houston talent agency. I’ve got numerous state and national acting roles to my credit.
I’m a pretty vibrant and upbeat, yet contemplative guy, which invigorates me to create art that is abstract, rich with variety, energetic gestures, lively colors and optimism. My format is usually fairly sizeable, at least 24”x 30”, to impart a sense of scope and the-world-out-thereness to it. I want others to feel and sense the wonder and adventure of our often-enjoyable-sometimes-tough-always-intriguing journey through life. It’s not where we start or where we stop. It’s what we do on the trip that counts. I am a member of the Imperial Art Alliance, the Art League of Fort Bend, the Lone Star Art Guild and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
I’m fortunate to have reached this especially invigorating step in life with Dianne, and look forward with great pleasure to creating much more vibrant art, and continuing to do a lot of eye-opening global travel. Maybe even throwing in a little adventure along the way.