MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – A famed artist, known for his work depicting the Cowboys of America, will soon begin work on a statue to honor the late Sheriff Gary Painter.
Bruce Greene has been selected to create the life size bronze statue of Sheriff Painter. Midland County Judge Terry Johnson confirmed the project Wednesday saying a deposit has been sent to the artist, so it can begin.
As you may recall, Sheriff Painter unexpectedly died on May 26. He was laid to rest a few days later with thousands coming to Midland County to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes.
Sheriff Painter was known to many as a tough lawman but also a loving, caring and fierce friend. Now, Judge Johnson, among others in the County, are working to ensure that Sheriff Painter’s impact in the community is not soon forgotten.
The idea to honor Painter’s legacy with a statue began soon after his death, according to Judge Johnson, who started putting the project together.
But, it won’t just be for officials in Midland County. Judge Johnson said Wednesday that Sheriff Painter was special to so many in the county and he wanted everyone to be a part of the project.
That is why no taxpayer money will be used for the statue. Instead, it will be funded by private donations, allowing everyone to honor the legacy Sheriff Painter left behind. Judge Johnson says many have already “stepped up” wanting to help and be a part of the project and he hopes many more will do the same.
Donations can be sent to:
Sheriff Painter Bronze
PO Box 11225
Midland, TX, 79702
Those who wish to donate by credit card can call 432-687-2167
While the project is underway, county officials say the clay work must be completed and then sent to the foundry. In all, Judge Johnson believes it could be a year before the statue is complete and is brought to Midland County.
Judge Johnson also said that he will leave it up to the citizens to decide where the statue’s home will be in Midland County.