Franco’s work: A testament of humble talent
By Nathan French
With all things XIT, the inner artist came alive for many as they partook in the three nightly receptions honoring XIT Museum’s featured artist Manuel Franco. The open house for the museum drew quite a crowd of both local residents and XIT Rodeo attendees.
Manuel’s work was tastefully displayed in the museum’s rotating front gallery and the lobby area was open to congregate and visit with the artist and fellow attendees. Franco paints with oils, watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. His subjects range from western landscapes to exotic animals. All of Franco’s work is a sight to behold. Franco has been the featured artist for XIT in times past, however this year was extra special due to an additional piece of artwork.
At Thursday evening’s reception Franco unveiled a piece entitled “Buffalo Spring Division- XIT Ranch.” The painting depicts a landscape scene of Buffalo Springs which was a division of the XIT Ranch. In the painting’s foreground three horseman stand over the imposing landscape of the famous XIT Longhorn cattle grazing in a valley. The men’s horses are emblazoned with the XIT Brand. The painting is substantial in size and has been a profound project in both the terms of planning and execution. From actually touring the Buffalo Springs Ranch to the development of the painting, Franco’s talent truly shines in the work of art. Franco has graciously donated the original acrylic piece to the XIT Museum.
As Franco’s motto goes, “Visual art has the ability to penetrate deep into the heart of someone who sees it. The ability to communicate – everything!” How truly fitting the motto is, Franco’s reception spoke to the hearts of many and communicated more than words could ever state.