Porfirio Salinas ( 1910 – 1973 )
Considered by many to have been one of the premier painters of bluebonnets, Porfirio Salinas came from humble origins and was born in Bastrop, Texas in the heart of bluebonnet country. Salinas was largely a self-taught artist and his skills landed him a job painting murals for the U.S. Army during his time of service in World War II.
After World War II, Salinas took a job selling art supplies and met famous landcape painter, Robert Wood. Wood became so taken with Salinas’s talent that he allowed Salinas to paint the bluebonnets in Wood’s paintings because he was so proficient at painting them.
Although Salinas became increasingly popular in the fifties, it was not until President Lyndon Johnson discovered him that his career launched him to national fame. Salinas’s art is in the permanent collections of such renowned museums as the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas, and the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas.