From the early age of 21, Mr. Strain’s paintings were represented by Trailside Galleries, America’s most prestigious western art gallery. For 15 years his beautiful landscapes, wild life paintings, and depictions of Indian life were represented by most every major western art gallery and top art auctions in the United States.
Mr. Strain and his paintings were also featured on the television shows of C-Span’s Washington Journal, The History Channel, and Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Throughout his career he has won many awards for his art. Reproductions of his work have won numerous 1st place awards and “Best of Show” honors, such as the PICA Awards, The Printing Industry of the Carolinas, and at the PIAG Awards in Georgia. Mr. Strain has also completed a number of commissioned works for the US Armed Services, which are on permanent display at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Fort McNair, Washington D.C., and the battlefield visitor’s center at Normandy, France. Today, Mr. Strain’s original paintings can be found in many noted museums such as the Museum of Fredericksburg, and at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.
Mr. Strain’s Grandfather was a minister of the 1st Christian Church in Breckenridge Texas, and his father was also an ordained minister in the Christian Church. Mr Strain is thrilled to now have the opportunity to paint the religious themes most precious to him and to carry on his family tradition of faith.