Dallas artist, Brad Ellis, has paintings in local galleries as well as Neiman Marcus. I love the texture of these and the large pieces that he has done.
Brad Ellis works mostly with the encuastic paint technique. Encaustic is a labor intensive endeavor but one that can render exciting results. The paint is heated into a liquid state, applied to the surface and then fused with a heat source for proper bonding. The paint can be mixed and applied in a very transparent or opaque manner resulting in a glass-like smoothness or a rough, heavily textured surface. As well, encaustic may also be combined with oil paint and collage materials.
If you live in the Dallas area you can also see some of his work at the Craighead Green Gallery.