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Manuel Garza (b. 1940) dedicated his life to capturing the essence of Central Texas landscapes through his paintings. Born in the Hill Country to migrant farmworker parents, he journeyed across Texas and even to Michigan, working in the fields alongside his family. While engaged in tasks like cotton picking and potato digging, Garza cultivated a deep appreciation for the land and its inherent beauty. His mother, a craft enthusiast, observed his penchant for sketching during breaks and urged him to pursue education and hone his talents. Heeding her advice, he became the only member of his family to graduate from high school. Although largely a self-taught artist, Garza sought formal training under Charles Normann at the Texas School of Fine Arts between 1966 and 1968. During this period, he frequented museums, immersing himself in the works of renowned artists such as Porfirio Salinas and Robert Wood. While Garza often paints within the confines of his studio, his art is deeply influenced by the extensive hikes he undertakes. He meticulously captures the landscape through both photographs and sketches. With a passion for authenticity, he particularly enjoys portraying Central Texas in its true essence, with Bluebonnet and autumn scenes ranking among his most cherished subjects. Notably, esteemed figures like John Connally, LBJ and Lady Bird Johnson, and Dolph Briscoe have Garza's works gracing their collections. His remarkable creations are displayed throughout Texas.