Rev. Johnnie Swearingen has been a long time favorite of Webb Gallery and we regard him as one of the most important of Texas Folk Artists. We visited him many years back when he lived in Brenham and Huntsville, Texas. Swearingen was from the Chappell Texas area of Texas. He was born in 1908 and left this world in 1993. He painted a lifetime of memories and narratives. His paintings range from scenes of his life to religious visionary pieces; and are beautiful flowing pieces which are included in many private and public museum collections across the country.
Rev. Swearingen said, "I painted to make people happy. I love it. It's a gift from God."