Father/daughter duo paints incredible murals at "Art in the Park"

Tom Windham and his daughter Melissa Neill share a special bond. They're both incredibly talented artists, and every year at the "Art in the Park" festival in Orange, the father/daughter duo teams up and paints a massive nature-themed mural.

"We get together and paint pretty often," Neill told 12News at the festival on Saturday.

Born and raised in Orange, Windham has been a professional artist for nearly 40 years.

"My dad was quite a good artist, and when I was young I was pretty sickly, and he would bring home butcher paper for me and that's how I played," Windham said.

Just as his father influenced him, Windham's love for art played a huge role in his children's lives.

"When other kids were probably spelling with letters, Dad was always handing us a paintbrush," said Neill. "So it was sort of a natural path to go into."

Neill got her degree in fine arts from Stephen F. Austin University and now works as a professional painter in Houston. She visits Orange whenever she can to do what she loves most with her dad right beside her.

"Both my parents are artists so it's really nice to have that connection with both of your parents," she said. "It doesn't matter how different you are you'll still have something really nice you can hold on to."

And getting to work with his little girl is something Windham cherishes with all his heart.

"Oh it's the most wonderful thing in the world," he said. "It just makes me so proud."



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