An Evening in the Sky

Last week Grant Teaff called, inviting us to come watch the Baylor Bears play the Oklahoma Sooners in Waco. Grant and Donell are very dear friends and collectors of our paintings. Jack has known them since 1972, the year Grant was hired to be the head football coach at Baylor. Grant wanted a new, proud image for the Bears. He contacted Jack, challenging him with the task. The finished piece is above, can you believe it’s 38 years old? Grant and Jack are on the left. Damon, Jack’s son, and I are on the right.

Grant was the Bears head coach for 20 years, compiling a winning record and directing the team to two Southwest Conference championships. He is now Executive Director for the American Football Coaches Association. After visiting a while we went to the stadium to watch the game from their skybox. Damon and Jack are with Donell in the picture above.

The view is wonderful as you can see. This was during pregame warmup, by game time the stands were filled.

The Baylor band put on an outstanding show.

Bill Lane, coach of defensive ends in 1974 and a member of the Baylor staff from 1972-1992, is cutting up with Jack and Damon in the picture above. We were very disappointed the Bears lost but we had a super time visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. We are back in the studio today. I’m finishing up a surprise commission so I should be able to post a painting for you to watch in the next few days. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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