"Southfork Ranch Commission" hangs in the Ewing's dining room.

The successful reboot of television?s Dallas is hardly a surprise to us Big D denizens. Our city has been prime-time-ready since, well, the last time the show hit it big, in the ?70s.

When the locally filmed drama makes its second-season debut later this month, take note of another homegrown talent, growing bigger by the day.

She?s Natalie Erwin, a Fort Worth-based artist whose work was commissioned last year to appear in various sets on the show. Last season, you might have glimpsed her large-scale rendition of Southfork in the dining room of the notorious ranch or seen ?The Republic of Texas Banknote? in J.R. Ewing?s private quarters.

For the artist, whose ancestors founded the Edwards Ranch parcel of land in Fort Worth, the paint doesn?t land far from the canvas, so to speak. Her unique medium--wax colors and milk-based paints, applied to birchwood panels--has gallerists like David Dike Fine Art and retailer Forty Five Ten taking notice.

It?s veritable eye candy on top of the cake that is Dallas.

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