Jack White was recognized as one of the premier portrait painters in the world, when he put his career on hold due to a freak accident. Two car thieves were fleeing the police when the stolen vehicle slammed into Mr. White's car. Afterwards, he turned his creative energy into writing. Traveling became a way to escape the pain of not being able to paint. Mexico offered the silence needed to pen the scenes his mind conjured up. These works will be available on line in the not too distant future.
Jack White is a sixth generation Texan. Great Grandson of famous Texas Ranger, Ben McGee. Great, great, great Grandson of Dillard Cooper one of the few men to escape the Goliad Massacre. His Great Grandmother was the first woman doctor in the newly formed Republic of Texas. Raised on a working West Texas ranch, with desires of becoming a professional rodeo cowboy, he was asked to play college football. A four-sport college athlete in high school, and two sport athlete in college. Jack's opportunity to play professional baseball and sign a professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers was prevented because of a knee injury playing high school football.
"Art was always in the back of my mind, but growing up in such a macho world, I thought painting was for ladies and the effeminate," says the 6' 1", 200 lb Texan. The seed to paint continued to germinate inside until the fall of 1969. Visiting an art gallery for the first time, he came away with the feeling he could do what he saw. Selling his first piece to a couple from Peru, on Valentines Day 1970 for $10, launched a career that would see him at the top in less than a decade.
In 1976, he was named the Official Artist of Texas and the following year a street was named after him. Jack White was the first non-law enforcement person to be given a life-membership into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
His works now hang in the Smithsonian and several other museums. His portraits include such notables as President Lyndon Johnson, Byron Nelson, Ray Kroc and Tom Landry.
There is every reason to believe that his books will be as successful as his paintings.
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