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TOWER HOUSE
STUDIO
The life and work of artist Brian Rance

by Heather Berry | hberry@ruralmissouri.coop

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robed form stands in one front window holding a
large electronic star while an 8-foot-4-inch-tall red
dragon blows fog upward. A kite-shaped window
placed in a wall boasts 3D dogwood flowers in its
pattern and a 7-foot-tall dog barks at all who pass him.
All that exists under the watchful eye of a large flying pig
hanging from the tall ceiling. It's a place sure to mesmerize
children and adults alike.
"I look at art as creating the world I love," says artist
Brian Rance, owner of Tower House Studio in Galena.
Many Branson travelers have seen his work without
knowing it. Elaborate backdrops at the popular Sight &
Sound Theatre, Silver Dollar City, Branson Belle as well as
entertainment theaters in the area were created by Brian.
National clients include Hobby Lobby, Dollywood Theme
Park and Southwest Airlines.
His British accent tells you right away he's not from the
area, yet Brian's been a resident of rural Missouri for 35
years.
Born north of London in Hertfordshire, England, Brian
worked as a London advertising artist for a local newspaper in the late '60s after graduating from college. One day
while heading to work, he noticed a new high-end hotel
going up named The Churchill. On a whim, he stopped
to ask the project supervisor about submitting artwork
for the hotel and was invited to offer pieces for consideration.
"Amazingly, they accepted my work samples. I was just
a hard-working bloke who liked creating art," recalls Brian,
73. "I was only 23 and overnight my world changed completely. The press took a big interest in me because I found
success so young."
Knowing nothing about the theme the hotel desired -
falconry - Brian studied the bird family extensively at a
local museum and completed eight pictures in six months
to complement the opulent gilded decor of the hotel.

Brian Rance stands beside a sculpture
which has a sensor to alert the dog
to bark when someone walks by.

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