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POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 8:40am

An artist from the Upper Valley has been painting for many years and has become a staple at a museum in the community.

Craig Wiegand lives in Weslaco. He started painting around the age of 40 and has been painting ever since.

"I probably created about 300 paintings, but I've never really counted them," said Wiegand.

Wiegand uses oils and acrylics to create the pieces.

"I think it's outstanding, I really do. His colors are so very deep and beautiful," said Weslaco Museum Volunteer, Thelda Tanner.

It's not easy though. Wiegand still attends art classes because he says the learning never ends.

"There's a lot to making the paintings lively and pleasing with the use of colors," said Wiegand.

Most of his artwork is featured in the Weslaco Bicultural Museum on a regular basis. Postcards and prints of paintings range from $3 to $24 depending on size.

"I work a lot from photos that I take and if I see something in the photos that I really like and I think other people will like, I often paint from my own photos," said Wiegand.

It can take anywhere from 10 to 30 hours for him to complete a painting, depending on it's complexity. Wiegand says he doesn't mind the time.

"It's really relaxing and fun and challenging all at the same time," said Wiegand.

Tanner says his paintings tell a story of what it's like around the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding areas.

"The old buildings that are captured in some of his paintings and beautiful flowers that we have here in the field," said Tanner.

Wiegand has contributed art to the museum for several years and it's been a big hit with visitors.

"I do think it is a big piece of the museum. If there was nothing else, there's always definitely his art here," said Wesalco Museum Executive Director, Valerie Roman.

Painting is a true hobby for Wiegand and he doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.

"It's still so much fun and so enjoyable that it's an important part of my life now," said Wiegand.

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