​Amon G. Carter III grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended North Texas State University, where he helped lead the Mean Green soccer team to a collegiate championship. After that, he headed west and lived in a teepee for a year. From a lifelong love of the martial arts, he holds black belt ranking in both American karate under J. Pat Burleson and in Aikido under Sensei Craig Dunn.

Artist's Bio

Maye Torres began making mud pies when she was 3 and for the past 35 years has been creating stunning and innovative works of art. Her work is in public and private art collections throughout the world. She likes to draw and work in clay, making art of people and things.
She really likes dogs and other four-legged animals. Torres also likes giving art classes to kids and occasionally adults. She was born in Taos, NM, and is a mom, too. Her sons, Isaiah, Zachary and Matthias are also creative thinkers.

Melissa Kohout was born in the west Texas town of Stamford. She started illustrating in the first grade. Illustrating on her Big Chief tablets then, later on her book reports, and always centered on her beloved theme of horses. College years started as a Presidential Scholar at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. Texas ties tugged at her heartstrings. She came home to finish up at UT-Austin with high honors and a BFA degree. Galleries in Austin, Houston and Los Angeles represent her. Kohout’s art has graced magazines including Texas Thoroughbred, The Longhorn Scene and The Chronicle of the Horse. She was voted Best Artist 2016 from the readers of Fort Worth magazine.