Fields of Bluebonnets
The Texas bluebonnet is probably the only flower that has been brought to national awareness largely due to the work of a single painter Porfirio Salinas. Born on a stock farm in Bastrop, Texas, Salinas showed early artistic promise and, when only 15, was hired by artist Robert Wood to add the background bluebonnets to Wood's own landscapes. In 1963, Salinas became famous for his own landscapes when then Vice-President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed him his favorite artist. In 1973, Austin celebrated "Porfiro Salinas Day" in his honor, and in 1981, Bastrop held the first annual "Salinas Festival" celebrating bluebonnets and their representations, a tradition that continues today.