Franz Brown  (John Falstaff) as Santa Claus

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Franz Brown portraitThe artist Franz Brown is a resident of South Dakota, does free-lance writing, photography and painting. He has occasionally written about artists for magazines and his work has appeared in Southwest Art, US Art and a few other publications. To learn more about Franz go to his Biography.

 Santa Claus Paintings by Franz Brown

From 2001 to 2005 he was the "guest" as Santa on the Santa Train in Chadron and a number of other small towns in western Nebraska.

 Franz Santa Claus Brown, 2006

Brown also does his own Santa Claus paintings.


Video produced by Franz Brown showing paintings going from start to finish, photography, etc. This shows some of the initial photography used in idea development and then follows the progress of a painting from start to finish.  To view click here.

These and other videos may also be seen at

Planning a Christmas Show?
Exhibition Planning

This will take you to the Franz Brown Art Journal Site. If you want to follow works in progress and a bit of discussion about those works this is the place to go.

Working with Tom Browning

Santa Claus Paintings by Tom Browning

One of over 200 portraits of Franz Brown by Tom Browning showing Franz Brown as Santa Claus. Browning's portraits have appeared around the world.

Franz is perhaps more familiar to many across the United States, and in a few foreign countries, as the Santa Claus who appears in the Santa's Time Off series by artist Tom Browning. His image has appeared on Christmas cards, prints, mugs, throw rugs, plates and shopping bags. For more on the Browning Santa images go to Santa Claus.

Franz began working with Tom Browning about 1987. Browning and Brown try to get together once a year during which they discuss paintings for Santa. Brown models as Santa and Browning photographs him in various situations. Later Browning completes the paintings. Browning has done over 150 paintings.

Franz Brown and Tom Browning in Tom's studio, Tom was just finishing this large multiple portrait for his women of the Bible and Christian women, it was installed in St Mary's Church in Boise, Idaho. More about this painting .  click here
or go to Tom's website at

Tom Browning recently illustrated "The Night Before Christmas." First available October 2009 this book is sold out at the publisher but may occasionally be found on the internet or Barnes and Noble where it is available as both hardcover and Nook Book. Want to look elsewhere?, try googling "Tom Browning Night Before Christmas".

Additional material (Links) to other webs by Franz Brown.

There is also more information on the images he has appeared in on this site.
click on Santa Claus.

 You may see more Tom Browning Paintings of Santa and his other fine artwork by going to his website.
click here

To find images of Brown as Santa look in the stores during the Christmas season. If you check the credits for the art and find Tom Browning's name. If you find Browning will probably have found one of the images Franz Brown modeled for. You can also use your search engine and look for Tom Browning. Cards are occasionally available through American Greetings, Leanin' Tree and Hallmark.


The Painting Models

I use a number of toy animals in his paintings. Here you will be able to meet Sidekick 
Gunther and a few of the others.

Meet Sidekick, Santa's Model



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 Santa Claus by Franz Brown
Santa Claus by Tom Browning

For information about paintings and photography by Franz Brown go to Main Franz Brown home page
Links to other Franz Brown websites

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