About Us

Welcome! We are Carl and Rhonda Rubadue. New to the Hill Country of Texas from the Intermountain West.  This is Rhonda’s first journey to live outside Utah, where she has called home all her life.  Carl has lived in Ohio, Tennessee, California and all over the Intermountain West.

After working behind a desk for decades as a Human Resources professional, Rhonda decided she was searching for something new. While Carl worked in the hospitality industry as a Chef opening ski resorts, restaurants, healthcare, bars and grocery stores and obtaining a Certified Executive Chef designation, he was looking to have more time to spend with Rhonda and slow it down a bit. During our first tour of this beautiful creation, Walnut Canyon Cabins, we immediately knew it was the right place to achieve our dream!
We have 2 great boys and a wonderful daughter-in-law who gave us a grandchild, now almost 3 years old.  We are happy about the prospect of having more time to spend with all of them and each other on the hill top.

We are both excited to live in and get to know this beautiful Hill Country of Texas and look forward to meeting all y’all as you are exploring this wonderful area known as “The Hill Country”.

About the Art in the Cabins

Walnut Canyon Cabins is pleased to have partnered with a talented Texas Artistisan to assist us in creating a warm yet rustic, Texan atmosphere with a touch of a modern flair in the cabins!

All the artwork displayed in the cabins is for sale.  If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact Carl & Rhonda during your stay, or contacting Holly directly at:


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 832.233.6068

About the Artist

Holly Nowak is a 4th generation Texan currently creating out of her home studio just north of Houston. She is a representational artist whose work is first and foremost informed by her deep roots in the broad Texas landscape. The sense of peace she feels in nature is evident in her quiet yet bold compositions. Holly often uses texture or vintage architectural elements to convey a nostalgic connection to history, which speaks to her profound respect of her ancestral heritage.

Holly proudly traces her lineage through many generations of strong women who have come before her, as well as those who have surrounded her in her own lifetime. To their long-standing traditions, Holly adds her own brand of adventurousness with her untamable spirit. She loves to experiment, always searching for a new twist to her explorations of subject matter and media. This is what truly brings her work to life.

At her home studio, Holly teaches art to children and adults three days a week. She has carefully curated her space into a creative sanctuary, surrounded by lush gardens and a variety of animal life, including her beloved chickens. She is passionate about sharing with others her artistic talents and the inspiration this space brings to her.

Holly’s work has been widely recognized throughout the state of Texas and beyond. She has avid collectors across the country, as far away as Colorado and Utah, Maryland and Chicago. In addition to showing at many Houston-area art festivals and exhibitions, she is currently featured at the Bryan Museum in Galveston and has been selected two years in a row as winner of the Dripping Springs Vodka Texas Wildlife Label Contest. She also enjoys completing customized artwork on a commission basis.