Jerry Jordan

Jerry Jordan

Jerry Jordan was born on May 4, 1944 to a west Texas farming family. Raised in a churchgoing Pentecostal household with plenty of music and singing, Jordan did not have much chance of exposure to art, but it somehow found him anyway. At 17, while at a family gathering in Paris, TX, he wandered into the studio belonging to artist W. R. Thrasher. Jerry reminisces, “I can still smell itÍž the thinner, the paint. Talk about inspired! I didn’t know it before, but I thought, 'This is what I want to do.'" He wrote five letters to Thrasher over several months, convincing him to take him on as his student.

It was at the end of the summer in 1963 that Jordan first visited Taos. He fell in love with paintings by Taos painters in the Kachina Lodge where his family stayed. It was through the filter of these paintings that he first saw the beauty of the Taos landscape.

Jerry and his wife now reside in New Mexico.  Jordan continues to draw inspiration from the Taos masters. His paintings are rich and vividÍž seeming to capture not only beautiful images of Taos landscapes and pueblo life, but also the feeling of Taos itself. Using his mastery of color and strong brushwork to create incredible texture, Jordan breathes life into the images of his beloved land. Recent museum exhibitions include the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He claimed the Committee’s Choice Award at the 2013 Briscoe Western Art Museum Night of Artists Art Sale & Exhibition.