Pictured above is the presentation by The Breen Gallery of "Kinney County Sheriff" to then sheriff, Norman Hooten. You can get a glimpse of Brackettville's most controversial sheriff in this Texas Ranger Memoir.
Norman was loved by pretty much all of us here in Brackettville, but he was what you might call... human. He did all he could for the community and more, but he wasn't perfect. Locals are still fiercely loyal to his memory.
Bud Breen seemed to have styled "Kinney County Sheriff" after Norman. The painting didn't look exactly like him, but there were strong resemblances, especially the leather vest. Norman was rarely seen that he wasn't wearing that leather vest. He was likely wearing it under his jacket in the photograph above.
The Breen Gallery already owned this painting when Jewel, the gallery owner, decided to gift Norman with it. Bud was called and asked to be there for the presentation. That's Bud Breen on the far left, then from left to right are Dixie Brown (Jewel's right hand woman for umpteen years), Jewel Robinson, and Sheriff Norman Hooten. It's easy to see Norman's signature on this photograph. But to see Bud's you'd have to click on the painting (which will enlarge it) then really really look because although it's there, it's difficult to see.