Our city has a long and proud history of artists that help to shape San Antonio’s sense of place by capturing the natural beauty of central Texas. I came to understand this in part through my grandparents and their connection with one of these artists. Marked by a generation of artists, throughout the 1910’s and 1920’s San Antonio would become a center of art in the state. Robert Onderdonk–who founded what would become the San Antonio Art League–had his painting The Fall of the Alamo displayed at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition and went on to become the earliest great teacher of painting in the state. His San Antonio born son Julian Onderdonk ended up traveling to New York to study at the Shinnecock School of Art with the American Impressionist William Merritt…