The Nueces River: Río Escondido

By Margie Crisp with artwork by William B. Montgomery
In this collaborative work. Montgomery and his wife, author and artist Margie Crisp, follow the river from its fresh, clear headwaters on the Edwards Plateau, through the mesquite and prickly pear of the South Texas Plains, to the river’s end in Nueces and Corpus Christi Bays on the Gulf of Mexico. Through vivid prose and paintings, they record their travels as they explore the length of the river on foot, in kayaks, and fishing boat, ultimately weaving a portrait of today’s Nueces. Capturing the river’s subtle beauty, abundant wildlife, diverse culture and unique history of exploration, conflict and settlement, they reveal the untold story of this enigmatic river with passion, humor, and reverence. Twenty five original works of art including oil paintings, watercolors and ink drawings.

More information

Eating Mississippi

By Scott Ely,
Livingston Press, 2016.
Cover: Muddy Waters, hand-colored etching and aquatint

The Biology of Rattlesnakes

William K. Hayes, Kent R. Beaman, Michael D. Cardwell, and Sean P. Bush, editors
Loma Linda University Press, 2008.
Cover: Red Diamond Rattlesnake, hand-colored etching.

Biology of the Vipers

Gordon W. Schuett, Mats Hoggren, Michael E. Douglas, and Harry W. Greene
Biological Sciences Press, 2002.
Cover: European Adder, hand-colored lithograph.


Lawrence M. Klauber,
University of California Press, 1997 (reprint).
Cover: Banded Rock Rattlesnake, hand-colored etching.

Murders at Moon Dance

A.B. Guthrie
University of Nebraska Press, 1993 (reprint).
Cover: Prairie Rattlesnake, hand-colored etching.

Biology of the Pitvipers

John Campbell, editor
Selva Press, 1991.
Cover: Canebrake Rattlesnake, hand-colored etching.



Honored Guest, Biology of the Snakes Symposium, 2017. Chiricahua Desert Museum, Rodeo, New Mexico.
Juror’s Choice Award, Counterpoint 2000, Hill Country Arts, Kerrville, Texas 2000
Award of Merit, Southwest ‘96, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1996
Texas Star Award, KLRU Auction Exhibition, Austin, Texas, 1992
Billboard Award, Art in Public Places, Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin, Texas 1990
Best of Show, Texas Only, Texas Fine Arts Association Annual Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas 1980
TFAA Scholarship, Texas Fine Arts Association, 1972


Top of page