The Sorting Pen is my latest pencil drawing depicting a day in the life of a cattle rancher. Springtime is the busy season for cowboys, with a lot of preparation and looking after calves before turning them out to summer pasture with their mamas.
In this scene, a cowboy is working a young horse as well, giving him experience in his training, as he sorts out a group of calves and moves them to a new location. With any luck, the weather will hold and they’ll get the job done in a day.
WESTERN ART SHOWCASED AT SPRING SALON SHOW
90th ANNUAL SPRING SALON
“Out Of The Gate” has been accepted into the 90th Annual Spring Salon, held at the Springville Museum of Utah. It’s a yearly event featuring select Utah artists. I’m very honored to be invited to participate.
The show opens April 23, 2014 and runs through July 6th. If you are in the area, be sure to drop by for the gala opening on April 23rd. Mingle with the artists, enjoy art, refreshments and the awards ceremony. This year celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the Springville Museum of Art's long held tradition of nurturing artistic excellence throughout the state.
For more information, please contact the museum: www.smofa.org
Move To Summer Range is the first of a series of cowboy portraits I have in the works at my studio here in northern Utah. This painting was done in the early springtime, when the grass and trees were lush and green – just right for turning out cows and calves for grazing. I’m always amazed at how beautiful the range lands of Idaho and Montana are this time of year.
A cowboy’s work is done under the big sky, in the shadows of high mountains and mesas. Trying to capture that big feeling is a little daunting for me sometimes. The day I went out to do the study for this painting was spectacular – blue sky with dark clouds gathering, and the high peaks still covered with snow. It was a very rewarding day riding along with those cowboys and watching them work.
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