Submitted by Pete Creasey
I wonder how many people remember Woody Gwyn. He is a renowned artist with a special talent for painting West Texas landscapes.
I can’t remember how I came to know Woody. I have lost touch with him and an attempt to reconnect was to no avail. Does anyone know a good source in or around Houston for Woody Gwyn art piece(s)?
Here is an interesting article…
[Quote from mrt.com]
Gwyn is a graduate of Midland High — Class of 1962 — and for decades, thousands of students have seen Gwyn’s work — whether they realized it or not — as they ascended or descended a staircase on the school’s east side.
Far above the reach of any student or school employee hangs Gwyn’s giant mural of an oil rig at night.
Gwyn is reserved in his comments about the mural because it’s been more than five decades since he created the work of art and handed — the gift of the Class of 1962.
“I was 18 years old when I did it,” Gwyn said in a telephone interview from his residence at Galisteo, New Mexico. “Dorothy Perkins, an English teacher at the time — it was her idea for me to paint (the mural) on behalf of the graduating class.”
He said that the Class of ’62 got the materials for him, including linen on which to paint the mural. School officials allowed him to use a classroom by the auditorium as a studio. Gwyn recalls working on the mural most of the school year.
“It is wonderful that it is still there and there are people that want to save it,” he said.
Woody Gwyn completed this pencil drawing of David White during art class at MHS in 1962. This now proudly is displayed in the home of David White. Please see comment section below for more info.