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Artist, author Jack White to address historical society

Artist, author Jack White to address historical society
Jack White sold his first painting for $10 on Feb. 14, 1970. He has written 12 books and his paintings are on display at prominent museums.

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Wilson County News
November 13, 2013
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Art expresses that which
cannot be said. For we who love art it’s impossible to
silence us.
-- Jack White

Jack White cannot be silenced. He is as prolific about writing as he was for more than 40 years about painting.

White will be the guest speaker at the Wilson County Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. His topic will be “Uncle John,” as his grandmother used to refer to John Wesley Hardin.

A native Texan, White thought it would be “fun exploring the life of a Texan who killed 42 men in gunfights.” His latest historical novel, Preacher’s Son: Gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, is in its final editing.

White, a sixth-generation Texan, is the great-grandson of the famous Texas Ranger, Ben McGee, and the great-great-great-grandson of Dillard Cooper, one of the few survivors of the Goliad Massacre. His great-grandmother was the first woman doctor in the newly formed Republic of Texas.

White is the first non-law-enforcement person to receive a lifetime membership in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. His books as well as many of his paintings reflect his affinity for Texas history and the Texas Rangers.

In addition to writing several books about Texas, White also has written eight books about art and marketing. A master painter, his career almost ended in 1989. A tragic automobile accident would have ended the career of a lesser man. Instead of giving up, he taught himself to paint with his left hand. This interruption in his painting career also gave birth to his writing.

He was named the Official Texas State Artist in 1976 and, more recently, was appointed an admiral in the Texas Navy by Gov. Rick Perry in 2006.

While he says art was always “in the back of my mind,” he grew up in a macho world. So along the way to becoming one of the premier portrait painters in the world, he was, among other things, a professional rodeo cowboy, and it was only a high school football injury that prevented him from signing on as a professional baseball player with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

His works hang in the Smithsonian and other museums. His portraits include such notables as President Lyndon Johnson, Byron Nelson, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, Julius Irving, and Tom Landry.

He blogs on several sites, including and

White and his wife, Mikki Senkarik, also an internationally renowned artist, make their home in Floresville. Google his name (or her name!) and you will find a wealth of information. Visit to read his biography.

Wilson County Historical Society meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at
7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall in Floresville.
The public is invited.

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