Canadian artist Adeline Halvorson knew at an early age she wanted to be an artist. In her rural upbringing, animals, especially horses , played a very important role. Her artistic talents have developed through endless reading, experimentation and hours of practice, first in pastel, then in acrylic. She enjoys a variety of diverse subjects, but her favorite subject is equine. Years of riding and grooming have given Halvorson a knowledge of anatomy and muscle movement that her artistic skills bring to life on canvas.
Hanson paints with oils and pastels and is noted for her very realistic and highly detailed works. She paints a variety of subjects and her work reflects her love of the West. She is especially fond of painting horses.
Chris Owen's working cowboy themes are a representation of authentic operating ranch activities. He paints predominantly with gouache.
Craig Tennant has been involved in the art world since 1967. As a freelance illustrator, he worked for numerous national companies including General Electric, Dodge/Chrysler, Pepsi Cola, Ford Motor Co., Xerox, Volkswagen and Porsche. In 1981, he received the Silver Award from the New York Society of Illustrators. After moving West in 1989, he began to concentrate on his fine art oil paintings and his talent quickly gained national recognition. He was voted 21st in the nation’s “Top Print Artists” for 1993 by U.S. Art Magazine poll.
A native of Texas, Donna Howell-Sickles grew up on a ranch in north Texas, a place that provided the first inspiration for her love of nature and the animals reflected in her work. She decided to become an artist in college while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Since that time, her art and her family have been the center of her life.
Donna Howell-Sickles’ paintings of vibrant cowgirls are in several museum collections nationwide, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson, Wyoming and the Tucson Museum of Art, as well as many private and corporate collections.
Western Art by Doreman Burns
Frank McCarthy (born 30 March 1924 — 17 November 2002) was a prolific American artist and realist painter renowned for advertisements, magazine artwork, paperback covers, film posters, and paintings of the American West.
Gordon Snidow has been known as the foremost chronicler of the contemporary cowboy for over forty years. He is a leader in the development of the American Western Art Movement, and is one of America's out-standing fine artists.
For over 20 years Jason has established himself in the western art market in many prestigious shows and galleries—winning awards, accolades and feature exposure in esteemed publications for his distinct depiction of western life. Rich rides alongside cowboys working the corrals or packing through the mountains then combines experience, imagination and research to depict authenticity of the cowboy way.
Having grown up in a ranching family, Jim Rey naturally loves working with horses and cattle. His eyes light up when he talks about training his Border Collie or a particularly wary horse, the days he has spent gathering cows in the high country or following a herd of wild horses. Jim's paintings tell the story of cowboys as living remnants of a bygone era. The stories he paints are both his own and those of the people and places he knows and loves.
June Dudley grew up in the country near the small town of
Iola, Texas, in an area known locally as the river bottom, a place where she
has cherished memories of family and rural values….where the Western attitude
and ranching were lived everyday.
Cowboy lore was not just stories for the artist, but
everyday life for her family. Her father worked cattle, and it was not unusual
for Dudley and her sister to ride horses all day working as "cowhands” on
the range. A love of the land comes naturally, and today she owns the ranch
that has been in her family for over 100 years and is recognized by the State
of Texas. Dudley cherishes the times she worked with her father on the ranch,
which also gave her an appreciation of the Western way of life.
Dudley began painting at the early age of around eight. With
no canvases to be had at the time, the budding artist used cardboard. Her
earliest inspiration came from visits with an aunt who painted. The little
artist was fascinated by the brushes and paints displayed in her aunt’s home
and longed for her own. When her wish was granted, it was a dream-come-true for
the little girl who knew she would one day become an artist.
As a student of the late, great Western landscape painter,
Bob Wygant, Dudley so admires his style and considers him to be the major
influence in her love of painting the Western way of life. The artist
continually photographs and sketches her subject matter and paints in acrylics.
Weather permitting, Dudley delights in plein air painting; however, she creates
most of her works in her home studio that affords a great north light. Painting
the world she has always known, Dudley says, "I guess I paint what I am.”
With a combination of impressionism and realism, the
artist’s favorite subjects have become landscapes. Using a colorful palette
that brings the viewer into her scenes, Dudley also favors figurative pieces
that often include her grandchildren, other family members, and close friends.
Garden scenes are prominent in her works having observed her mother grow
beautiful flowers for as long as she can remember.
Dudley’s works are represented by various galleries in
Texas, among them The Midland Gallery in Midland, the Fredericksburg Art
Gallery in Fredericksburg, and the L Bar Gallery in Kerrville. The artist has
exhibited at shows across the nation in Houston, at the Peppertree Show in
California, the Mountain Oyster Show, the Best of the West in Arizona, and at
the Governor’s Invitational for Cheyenne Frontier Days. Dudley’s work has been
featured in various publications such as Art of the West and Country Lifestyle
magazines, and several newspapers. Dudley’s image, "Boss Lady,” was the
cover art for the 2007 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Program
Awards Presentation booklet.
Come to the country and enjoy the people and places that are
dear to this rancher’s daughter – Dudley captures her Texas family legacy with
images that come from the bottom of this very talented artist’s heart.
Painting out of her home studio located on the edge of the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, overlooking the southern end of the Flathead Lake, Karen Noles has access to more than 30,000 acres of land both for recreation and artistic backdrop. Noles rates horseback riding as her number one recreational activity.
Noles’ oil paintings feature the domestic life of the 1800’s Native American , especially the early reservation time period. For accuracy’s sake and in order to convey realism, Noles spends hours researching each painting, collecting reference and museum books on early Native American life and visiting museums to photograph their exhibits. She then incorporates the “realism” of her research with her inner images. One of the aspects Noles enjoys most about painting this time period is the depiction of the bead and quill work for which the Native Americans are so well known. “I find that not only can I try to portray a situation of that time, but I can also give honor to their works of art”, says Noles.
Another detail which adds realism to Noles’ work is her effort to use Native American models and wild animals in the photo shoots for her paintings. “The children that I’m working with now I’ve been working with for a few years; the parents know and trust me. Children have such a wonderful imagination and do such spontaneous things - some great paintings come out of it all.”
She often relies on a friend who rehabilitates injured or abandoned animals, who will bring over a fawn, fox pups, young lynx or perhaps a bobcat who are tame enough to be used in a photo shoot with her child models. “Tepee Tender” is a warm-hearted example.
Her Oil painting “Tepee Tender” is featured in Art of the American West, c 1999 by Rockport Publishing.
The paintings of Loren Entz reflect many things - his love for beauty, simplicity, grace, gentleness, and a timeless, personal relationship between his subjects and the world. Whether he is doing a simple study of a young girl picking flowers or of a mother and daughter engrossed in home chores, Entz’ art captures the heart, soul, and beauty of his subjects and their environment.
As a child, he always wanted to be an artist. And while other children were playing, Entz spent his time drawing. After high school, he received further art training through college courses and the Famous Artists School. Like many artists, he spent a number of years in commercial art, before giving up city life and moving to Montana in 1979.
When he found a publication that contained the work of fellow Prix de West artist Bill Owen, Entz was surprised to discover artists actually made a living doing fine art. In only two years, he too, began calling himself a professional artist.
A member of Cowboy Artists of America since 1992, Entz hopes his work depicts a fresh look at another dimension of the American West. Working primarily in oils, in his first four years as a member of the CAA, he received two Gold and three Silver Medals.
In January 2000, Entz was profiled in the Kerrville Daily Times, in connection with a class he was conducting for the CAA Museum. His work was featured in a retrospective there from January through March. Entz was also featured in the January/February 2000 issue of Art of the West. In the article, he noted, “I’m a very passionate person, and I feel an artist should paint passionately, expressing his or her feelings in every brush stroke. It’s important that brush strokes reveal the subject.”
In a profile in InformArt, he said, “I don’t want to repeat what others have said well.” Instead, his love for beauty comes across in his landscapes and flowers. In addition, he often concentrates on women, whom he says, “brought a quality of gentleness and refinement to this harsh wilderness.”
Entz believes hard work is the catalyst to a truly happy life, and in his paintings he strives to portray his subjects in such a manner. The selection of his work is based on what he feels inside. Deeply involved with his work, Entz often develops emotional attachment to each piece, sometimes a serious dilemma for a professional hoping to sell his work.
Michael’s fluid acrylic paintings create unique imagery inspired by the rugged spirit so vividly seen in the west.
Morten E. Solberg is acknowledged as a Master Artist. He is versatile in all mediums. He paints in oil, acrylic and watercolor and his techniques range from photo-realism to total abstraction.
For the past fourteen years, Paul Cameron Smith has warmed the hearts of thousands of collectors and fans with his pencil drawings. With his precise drawing techniques, Paul is able to capture on paper the wide array of human emotions. Each drawing is a celebration of life's treasured moments. When Paul releases each new print, it is the result of many hours of drawing as well as considerable time deciding how to best portray his subject matter in a positive and pleasing composition. With a current total of 49 prints released to date, Paul has successfully portrayed the West as it is today.
"As long as I can remember, I have been attracted to the romance of the West. The wide open spaces and the simple country lifestyle has always appealed to me. As a young boy of 5 years, I remember visiting Texas for the first time. It was then that I began to visualize the art that I am producing today. I have thoroughly enjoyed creating each piece of art and I look forward to each new drawing. I thank God each time I sell my art. I am fortunate to draw for a living and I thank all of you who are interested in my world as I see it and as I translate it onto paper." ~Paul Cameron Smith
In 1979 Terrance Patterson retired from a full time job as a Commercial Artist and Exhibits Designer. To him, art was a way of life and gave him a way of expressing himself. His comments on his profession, "I have been drawing and sculpting for as long as I can remember, and I want to pursue my real love, sculpture exclusively."
Terrance had studied with Phil Steele, Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver, Colorado, Al Wynne Professor of Art at UCCS, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In 1973, he was commissioned to execute a Memorial for the Air Force which was rendered from a twelve ton block of Carrara Marble. In 1984, he was commissioned to create a Memorial for the Police of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Memorial was cast in bronze and was dedicated in December 1984. It is proudly displayed in the entry of the Colorado Springs Police Protection Association building.
His love of the West served as a motivator in his art, and his portrayal of people and animals of the West show a deep sensitivity to these unique personalities.
His sculptures may be seen in the Toronto National Museum, Toronto, Canada; Scotland Yard, London, England; The Pentagon Building, Washington, D.C.; Department of the Air force; Department of the Navy; Department of the Army; and Office of the Chaplains.
The sculptures created by Terrance Patterson are in private collections in every state in the Union and most of the countries of the Free World. Terrance had one man shows in Colorado, Wyoming, Missouri, and Texas.
Terrance developed a business in affordable art castings made in Foundrystone, which are sold and shipped world wide. Although, Terrance passed away in 1991, his wife and youngest son Todd still maintain this business.
In 1996, Terri Kelly Moyers, won the Frederick Remington Award at the Prix de West show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. The Canadian born artist cannot remember wanting to be anything but an artist. She attended the Alberta College of Art and later studied under Robert Lougheed. Moyers now lives and paints in Northern New Mexico with her husband, John, a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and their young son Josh. They visit her beloved Alberta often and spend several weeks painting there every summer.
Terri Moyers has aspired to create Traditional Cowboy Prints and Cowboy Art since childhood and Toh-Atin Gallery is pleased to be her exclusive distributor in North America. Terri Moyers creates her Traditional Cowboy Prints and Cowboy Art further to the Vintage Cowboy Art and Vintage Western Art she works on as well.
Her natural affection for the West is evident in all of Terri Moyers' works, all of which are available through Toh-Atin Gallery.
For more than forty years, Tom Ryan has painted the contemporary cowboy. His paintings capture a way of life unique to the time and place, yet universal to those on horseback who tend cattle.
Tom was born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1922, one of nine children. His father owned a stable, so young Tom was riding, and drawing horses, by the time he was 7. After high school, he attended the St. Louis School of Fine Art and served in the Coast Guard. After WW II, Tom studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and enrolled in the prestigious Art Student’s League in New York City. For the next eight years, he illustrated hundreds of magazines and book covers.
Tom made his first of many trips to the fabled Four Sixes Ranch of West Texas in 1963. Since then, he has produced a remarkable body of work from those experiences. Included in his many awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in 1996. He is also one of a handful of artists who has attained emeritus status in both the National Academy of Western Art and Cowboy Artists of America.
Today, Tom lives in Midland, Texas. His peers and collectors alike consider him to be one of the great Western artists of the 20th Century. As we move into the new century he continues to paint canvases that bring forth character and stories with every loving stroke.
Wayne Justus is a realist painter of the contemporary American cowboy in opaque watercolor and oil. Born in Es-condido, California, Wayne spent much of his youth traveling with his parents. While other kids were climbing trees, Wayne had a pencil in hand sketching scenes from the life he loved best - the cowboy life. He and his wife Kathy live on a small ranch on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains.
Justus has won numerous awards, is a member of the American Indian and Cowboy Artist Association and has e-merged as one of the premier artists in the Southwest.
To gather authentic materials on the American cowboy, he travels and works as a cowpuncher on several large work-ing spreads. “One truth I try to portray in my art is how the cowboy works and exists, much as they did 100 years ago. The authenticity of my paintings is important to me and getting the cowboy experience first hand is to know the way it actually is.” He takes his role as a visual historian seriously.
Slight in build, with the rangy look of a good jockey, Justus moves with the easy going deliberation of a man who has time. He has the soft-spoken assurance of the genuine article. As the old John Wayne saying goes, “He’s the kind of man you wouldn’t mind sharing a winter cabin with.”