Mark Kennedy Storm (September 4, 1911 - October 4, 2002) was an American painter and sculptor renowned for his work focusing on the American west and cowboy heritage. Born in Valdez, Alaska, Storm's family moved frequently during his childhood. They left Alaska for Oregon, and the went from Oregon to the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. After his father completed the mining project he was working on in Mexico, the family moved to New Mexico and bought a 150-acre ranching the heart of what became the Ruidoso resort area. Near Glencoe, the Store family ranch is in the vicinity of the Mescalero Apache Reservation. The family soon found success breeding and raising fine horses and also cattle. The boys, Mark and his brothers, spent their days as ranch hands. They build fences, tended to the horses and cattle, worked on their roping and branding skills, built fences, and repaired corrals, along with a multitude of other chores. Storm gained valuable experience around horses during his time working the family ranch, which laid the foundation for his life's work of sketching, drawing, and painting horses. He won the bronc riding event at the 1933 July 4th rodeo in Fort Stanton, New Mexico, an achievement he was proud of for the rest of his life. At some point the family moved to Austin to enroll the boys at the University of Texas, but they never sold the ranch and always considered it to be home. While a student at the University of Texas, Storm majored in art and architecture. He did not remain a student for long, however, because he fell in love with a coed from Houston name Ferne Sweeney. The couple soon married and moved to Houston, where Storm found a job as a graphic artist working for the oil industry. Storm made a name for himself was one of the designers of Humble Oil and Refining Company's display at the 1936 Texas Centennial Celebration. After the success of his work at the celebration, Humble Oil brought Storm back frequently to design advertising materials, as well as covers for their magazine The Humble Way, which Humble widely distributed as reprints. Mark was hired as a commercial artist by Wetmore Printing Company at some point in the 1930s or 1940s, which produced his work as silkscreen as well as letterpress prints. Some of his most recognizable work are the covers he produced for the souvenir programs for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Storm's first cover appeared in 1975 and was a painting of the winner of the 1974 Houston Saddle Bronc finals and the 1974 RCA Saddle Bronc Champion. This cover proved to be so popular, that an original Storm painting graced the program's cover for the next twenty-four years. The cover of the 2000 education was dedicated in his honor.

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