Artist Mikki Senkarik

An example of fine art by Mikki Senkarik

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In cowboy hat, starched shirt, blue jeans and boots
The tall mustached stranger walked into my booth.
I didn’t know who the handsome man was
But neighboring artists sure whispered and buzzed.
He intently examined each piece of my art
His gaze quickly moved with a dance and a dart.
The straight figure was silent, not a word did he speak
for what certainly felt like more than a week.
With stern jaw and dark eyes, I didn’t expect
The soft, gentle voice that came out next.
“Nice Work, Ma’am”, flowed in a slow Texas drawl;
as easy on my ears as a summer's rainfall.
I stammered and stuttered,
completely taken aback;
So the big, imposing man held out his hand
And said, “I’m Jack!”
No clue did I have the Texas State Artist
was an Angel Heaven sent,
To straighten my life that was incredibly bent.

On February 4, 1990 God allowed a tall, dark, handsome stranger to walk into my world and turn it "Right Side Up". That man was Jack White. He became mentor, art teacher, best friend, biggest fan and the love of my life. He taught me to paint and gently led this shy girl from being a victim to becoming victorious over an abusive past. 
I always wanted to be an artist; mother encouraged me to draw as soon as I could hold a pencil. After earning a Fine Art Degree at the University of South Florida, I was accepted into the elite field of Medical Illustration and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. I've illustrated 47 major medical textbooks and in 5 of the 9 years working as a Medical Illustrator my peers gave me the honorary Award of Excellence, our profession’s highest award.

Because of Jack's knowledge, generosity, love and encouragement the dark brambles of abuse in my early days have been transformed into a joyous garden. Ed Marhanka, one of my very [...]

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