ABOUT ME: by KERMIT EISENHUT
As a pet lover I know how much we all cherish our 4-legged friends. Most of my clients have a pet they want to remember forever, and I can make that happen with my life-like hand-painted portraits using acrylic on canvas.
When I paint the portrait of someone’s 4-legged friend (typically it is 4-legged) whether still around the house or living in their memory, I try to capture that special spark between the owner & the pet. I want the painting to reflect the genuine love and affection that exists between them and be obvious to anyone looking at the art work.
In addition to pet portraits I paint whimsical paintings, traditional landscapes, flowers, murals, even cows, mustangs & over-sized boots for the Houston Rodeo. Also furniture, a huge pear (for the city of Pearland) & numerous fun, public art pieces.
My passion is teaching art to people with terminal illnesses at area hospitals. I feel so fortunate to be able to share with others my gift of being an artist and I hope I have made a difference by helping them see the value of art in their lives; my Healing Art Classes are held at local area hospitals. More information here: Art Therapy Painting Classes
While painting, patients are able let their imagination take them to places beyond the hospital and their illness. If they can focus on their art & enjoy their time spent painting I feel I have succeeded. To me this very fulfilling.
I stay involved in the Houston community and participate in numerous charity events including SNAP’s Collars For A Cause, Texas Children’s Hospital, Cow Parade, the American Heart Association and numerous AIDS and Cancer Organizations.
Below are links to newspaper / magazine articles highlighting some of the events Kermit has participated in to raise money for charity.
Cow Parade Fun in Houston: 2001
Kermit painted 11 cows for the 2001 Cow Parade.
The 2001 “Moovelous” Cow Parade featured 325 cows each hand-painted and put on display. $3.2 million was raised for Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest amount ever, at that time.
Kermit's Hand-painted Cows for the 2001 Houston Cow Parade
Location: Knot Garden at Houston Center: Austin and Lamar
Location: Knot Garden at Houston Center: Austin and Lamar
Cowing Around Houston
Location: Whitney National Bank, Smith and Pease
Escape to Greenway
Location: Land Rover Houston North: 18205 I-45 North
Location: Gus S. Wortham Fountain: Allen Parkway and Waugh
Location: The Houstonian: Redstone Building, 109 N. Post Oak Lane
Cow with Attitude
Location: Hobby Airport: Broadway and Airport Blvd.
Location: H-E-B Grocery Company – Traveling
Moo-ving to New Depths
Location: First City Tower:Lamar and Fannin
BR Yellow Rose
Location: The Galleria: Westheimer and Post Oak Blvd.
Location: Uptown Park: Post Oak and West Loop South
Kermit's Mickey Mouse - 75th Anniversary: Lone Star Mickey, 2003
In honor of Mickey Mouse’s 75th anniversary, 75 giant statues were created by 65 celebrities, actors, musicians, athletes & 10 artists. Kermit, the highly recognized Texas artist, was chosen to represent Texas and his charity of choice was Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Each Mickey Mouse stood six feet tall and weighed 700 pounds.
On Nov. 18, 2003 – 75 years to the day Mickey made his debut in “Steamboat Willie” – the 75 statues of Mickey Mouse were unveiled and on display to commemorate the beloved Disney character. Called “Celebrate Mickey: 75 InspEARations,” these 75 statues ( actually 79) were displayed at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort till the end of April 2004. They were then transported to cities across the USA and finally ended up at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.
Sotheby’s auctioned each Mickey Mouse statue in 2005 with all proceeds benefiting charities chosen by each artist.
28 hand-painted horses were on display across Houston for the upcoming Houston Livestock and Rodeo.
Part public relations, part charity, this annual Houstonian event (first came cows, then boots, and in 2008 it was the mustangs) grew from the 1990 Chicago Cow Parade, also a huge success.
Toby the dog: 2012
This article shows the photos used to paint Toby.
Reception with the Artists: PAWS for a PURRpose 2013
Organized by Austin artist Allison Gregory, PAWS for a PURRpose, benefiting the Texas Humane Legislation Network and the South Texas College of Law Animal Law Clinic, was a statewide charitable public art event and auction consisting of 60 unique fiberglass sculptures (many on display) of the pets we so dearly cherish.
Wildlife Sanctuary from “True North” , Sculpture on the Boulevard: 2014
The 2014 “True North” project introduced contemporary art works to the residents & visitors along eight predetermined blocks on the esplanade of Heights Blvd.
Heights Boulevard Sculpture Project, Houston TX: 2015
True South Sculpture Exhibition on Heights Blvd.
March – December 2015
Miniature cow auctioned off for $60,000.00: 2016
Scroll down the page to the Big Fun for Little Texans section where you’ll see the cow Kermit created for Texas Childrens’ Hospital. Children had the opportunity to submit names for the colorfully painted cow statue which raised $60,000.00 at auction. All proceeds benefited the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
OutSmart Magazine March: 2017
The (H)Art of Kermit Eisenhut
To see Kermit’s work on display across the Houston visit the waiting rooms of the animal clinics listed below or any of the other businesses. The painted suites at Rover Oaks Pet Resort are an all time favorite.
Rescued Pets Movement
2317 W 34th St.,
Richmond Avenue Animal Hospital
4041 Richmond Ave.,
Heights Hospital for Animals
333 W 20th St.,
Heights Veterinary Clinic
1431 N. Shepherd,
Westheimer Animal Clinic Bellaire
Bissonnet Kirby Animal Hospital
2507 Bissonnet St.,
Rover Oaks Pet Resort
2550 West Bellfort,
Houston, TX 77054
113 East 24th St.,
920 Studemont St.,
542 Waugh Dr.,
Dr. Jeffery J. Tollett D.D.S
1101 Augusta Dr.,
Skin Renaissance Laser Center
517 W. Gray St.,
3212 Smith # 102,
Sr. Javier P. Berrios M.D.
1631 N Loop West, # 555
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