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
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.