The Alamo by Rod Chase
Tell Me More
Rod Chase has painted one of the Lone Star State's most famous and revered monuments, the Alamo. Few events have defined the bravery of the early Texans as the battle for the old mission. Chase's dramatic, night scene is an outstanding image of this symbol of the people of Texas and their heritage.
The Alamo was originally a mission named Mission San Antonio de Valero.Construction on the present site commenced in 1718 in what was the Spanish province of Tejas (Texas). In 1805, the first (military) hospital in Texas was located at the Alamo.
In 1793, the Spanish authorities divided several districts and delegated the mission to the remaining Indian residents in the Mexican region. These people farmed the surrounding land for several years. In the early 1800s, a Spanish cavalry unit was stationed at the mission. The soldiers were from Alamo de Parras, Coahuila; they referred to the mission as the Alamo (Spanish for "cottonwood"). After a long struggle, Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821.
The Alamo was prominent is Mexico's fight for its independence from Spain. San Antonio and the Alamo were also important in the Texas revolution. After General Santa Anna rose to power, many Anglo colonists and Tejanos feared the general's harsh reign and wanted independence from Tejas. Conflict rose between the Mexican government and the colonists. In 1835, Texians and Tejanos fought and successfully routed Mexican troops quartered in the city. Their victory led to their occupation and control of the Alamo. On Febraury 23, 1836. General Santa Anna led his army and confronted the Texians and Tejanos. Prior to the general's arrival, a small band of brave men had come to San Antonio to defend the Alamo. For 13 days, William Travis, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and others defended the Alamo. On March 6, 1836, Santa Anna and his troops, which vastly outnumbered the small group, made their final assault and overwhelmed the band of brave men, killing everyone defending the Alamo.
Since the historic battle, the Alamo has been a symbol for the heroic struggle against impossible odds where brave men were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. It iwill always be remembered by the people of Texas.
About The Artist
As one of today’s finest and most recognized photorealist painters, Rod Chase has earned the highest respect of his peers and the admiration of legions of collectors. Each painting from the artist’s easel is a masterpiece created from extensive research and numerous photographs of each of his subjects. This technique, along with the aid of historical photographs, results in a timeless quality in each of Chase’s works.
In his quest for mystique, accuracy, and a true sense of history, Chase does extensive research. His travels have led him from New York and Washington, D.C. to Colorado and California and finally to Italy in a never-ending search to obtain materials and photography for new paintings. The talented artist says, "Being a photorealist, I am dependent on finding accurate reference material for each painting.” Chase works with acrylics on canvas, spending hundreds of hours on each painting with the ultimate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and elegant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in each painting is remarkable, but the mood each is equally impressive.
Chase is acknowledged as a master of breathtaking scenes depicting our country’s natural and historical treasures. He has painted images of such famous landmarks as The White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court building to name a few. As a naturalized citizen, he felt honored as well as professionally challenged to paint these subjects.
Chase also paints magnificent foreign landscapes. His travels in Italy inspired him to paint St. Peter’s Basilica and the romantic canals of Venice. The artist’s outstanding talent in his use of light is evident in "The Glory of San Pietro” and "The Mists of Morning.” Without traveling to these world-famous locales, the viewer is able to feel as if the scene is unfolding before them in person.
Rising early to photograph the dramatic light of sunrise or awaiting the soft, moody glow of sunset, Chase captures the emotion and direction in which he will paint his subject. The artist will continue to create elegant, awe-inspiring scenes by combining antique and modern photographs with just the right touch of artistic license.
Rod Chase is represented by Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art in San Antonio, Texas. He is published exclusively by Somerset Fine Art.
Chase, a native of Canada, and his wife live with their five children in the Texas Hill Country. In 1999, he became a United States citizen.