Raul Gutierrez (b. 1935), Tree, watercolor on board, sight: 9.5 x 7.5", frame: 17.25 x 15.25"
Born in Laredo, Texas, Gutierrez moved to San Antonio with his family during his high school years, and by this time was already showing art talent. His drawing and sketching skills earned him an art scholarship to the Warren Hunter School of Commercial and Fine Arts, which he attended at night while going to high school during the day. When he felt enough confidence in his painting, he focused his abilities on that pursuit, and also spent much time researching his subjects because with Gutierrez, authenticity is a major concern. Collectors of his work include the late President Lyndon B. Johnson; former Texas Governor Connally; former President of Mexico, Miguel Aleman; and George Strait.