By Telford                                             H.R. No. 723
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                                 R E S O L U T I O N
 1-1           WHEREAS, The Texas House of Representatives is proud to honor
 1-2     Jim Reno on his selection as the Texas State Artist for 1997-1998
 1-3     in the category of three-dimensional media; and
 1-4           WHEREAS, Mr. Reno is an esteemed resident of Kerrville whose
 1-5     bronze statues of horses and notable Texans have earned him acclaim
 1-6     throughout the world; in addition to the fame he has earned for his
 1-7     skills as an artist, he is well known as a cutting horse trainer
 1-8     and competitor; and
 1-9           WHEREAS, Mr. Reno was selected as a Texas State Artist based
1-10     on the merit of his work, his life achievements, his portrayal of
1-11     Texas' artistic and cultural heritage, donations of artwork he has
1-12     made to community or charitable organizations, critical reviews and
1-13     articles regarding his work, and letters of recommendation; and
1-14           WHEREAS, Included among the many memorable pieces created by
1-15     Mr. Reno during his 50-year career are depictions of such prominent
1-16     figures in the state's history as Charles Goodnight, Robert Justus
1-17     Kleberg, Jr., and Quanah Parker, as well as a variety of smaller
1-18     limited edition pieces of Native Americans, horses, longhorns, and
1-19     cowboys; and
1-20           WHEREAS, Jim Reno has ably depicted and preserved for all
1-21     time the rich cultural heritage of this state, and in doing so he
1-22     has enabled people the world over to experience the grandeur of the
1-23     Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
1-24           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 76th Texas
 2-1     Legislature hereby congratulate Jim Reno on his selection as the
 2-2     Texas State Artist for 1997-1998 in three-dimensional media and
 2-3     commend him for his extraordinary contributions to the State of
 2-4     Texas; and, be it further
 2-5           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
 2-6     prepared for Mr. Reno as an expression of high regard by the Texas
 2-7     House of Representatives.