Jack White is a native of Brady, Texas and is the Great Grandson of famous Texas Ranger, Ben McGee. His Great Grandmother was the first woman doctor in the newly formed Republic of Texas. A two-sport college athlete at Howard Payne University, his opportunity to sign a professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers was derailed by a knee injury playing football.
Though he dabbled in art in college, it wasn’t until 1969, after visiting an art gallery for the first time, that Mr. White felt he could make a career of it. His first official sale was to a Peruvian couple on Valentines Day in 1970 for $10.
By 1976, he had been named the Official Artist of Texas, created a new, gold leaf painting technique (called Echruseos) and amassed a collector base that included President Lyndon Johnson, Julius Irving (basketball’s Dr.J), Dallas Cowboy coach Tom Landry and McDonalds founder Ray Kroc. He was the first civilian to be given a lifetime-membership into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and his artwork is exhibited in numerous prestigious museums throughout the country (including the Smithsonian).
A terrible car accident in 1989 temporarily put his art career on hold (he was forced to learn to paint left-handed), but stimulated his interest in another medium: writing. Since then, he has written five major art marketing books, two murder mysteries and is currently working on an epic historical novel set in the Republic of Texas between 1835 and 1845.
Fully-recovered from his auto accident and, more recently, a bout with cancer, Mr. White now divides his time among the two arts. He has an art studio near the Florida Keys where he primarily works in oils (using a double primary palette technique) to create dramatic portraits and landscapes. In addition to his novel on the 19th Century Texas Republic, he is also working on an official history of the Arena Football League.