Manuel Garza (American, 1940),
Texas Wildflower Landscape, Untitled,
c. 1980s - 90s,
Oil on Canvas,
Signed - Manuel Garza (also on verso),
h: 8.625" x w: 11.625" (sight),
Framed - Gold Wood w/Felt Insert (h: 14.50" x w: 17.50",
One of the premier "Plein Air" landscape artists of the Texas Hill Country working today, Manuel’s trademark Redbird (found in each painting), his exacting detail, down to the last flower or rock, make each spring or autumn landscape come alive with photographic realism. Garza recreates this scenery to perfection, capturing in oil the thick heat, bold sunlight, and cool shade of the state. His use of lighting and vivid colors and his realistic style reflect his passion for the beauty. Garza's work often features not only wildflowers, but quail, pheasant, turkeys, deer, and a host of domestic birds. "I am a landscape artist," he says, "but wildlife if part of that landscape. It adds life." His paintings have instant rapport with those who know and love the Texas landscape.
Garza is largely self-taught although he did attend the Texas School of Fine Arts and studied under Charles Norman. He also studied the works of Porforio Salinas and Robert Wood in the museums and galleries of Texas. His studio is filled with sketches and photos that result from the long hikes in the fields of bluebonnets in the spring, and from walks along the riverbanks in the fall.
His works can be found in the homes and offices of discriminating collectors of Western Art, among whom are John Connally, LBJ and Lady Bird Johnson, Dolph Briscoe and many others.
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