Artist Comments: The photo that inspired this sunset painting was borrowed from my brother-in-law who photographed this scenery. It was taken near Austin where he lives with his wife. Texas is known for having some of the loveliest sunsets in America. As a native of Texas, I can attest to that myself. This painting is part of the Life In Texas Series.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Texas.
Size: 16″ x 12″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: Western landscape oil painting of Monument Valley National Park, Utah, also known as “Valley of the Rocks”.
Purchasing Information $280 Plus S/H
Artist Comments: Monument Valley Utah is considered one of the natural wonders of the world. It provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American Old West. This valley has long been a favorite location for filming Western movies. The isolated red mesas, striking spires and sandstone buttes surrounded by empty, sandy desert have been filmed and photographed countless times over the years.
Called Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks) by the Navajo, this famous valley lies in the southern part of the state of Utah near the Arizona border within the Navajo Nation Reservation. When you first approach the area, these rock “monuments” will take your breath away. The eerie rock formations make you feel as if you’ve been transported to another planet. It is truly one of the most majestic places on earth.
The first time I visited this national park I knew right away I’d love painting this beautiful valley. I’ve actually painted Monument Valley several times. I have memories of several paintings I did of this place when I was a youngster studying under my dad who was also a professional oil painting artist. My dad loved painting this location too and painted several oil paintings himself. None of those early paintings are around anymore. I’m not sure what became of them. My dads paintings sold to art collectors and local businesses in the small community where we lived.
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Artist Comments: Covered wagons and pioneers are one of the first things that come mind when I think of the Old West. I love that sense of adventure and pioneering spirit that drove early settlers to pack up their family, mount a covered wagon and move across the Great Plains to settle out West. They are indeed an icon of the American Old West.
Sometimes the covered wagon was also called a “prairie schooner” because the white canvas covers of the wagons crossing the prairies reminded some writers of the sails of a ship at sea.
Size: 24″ x 18″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A vivid sunset with the silhouette of a cowboy. This painting will not need a frame as the painted image extends around the edges of the canvas.
Purchasing Information $420 Plus S/H
Artist Comments: Some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world happen right here in Texas, but of course I might be just a tad bit biased in that regard. I love the bright, colorful sunsets that I have the privilege of enjoying almost every evening. I also love the idea of cowboys, horses and the Old West. I remember back in my childhood pretty much all you could watch on TV were westerns. It was a fantasy life all us kids dreamed about living someday. We would pretend to be cowboys and rode imaginary horses for hours until mom called us in for supper.
When my husband decided it was time to retire from the Navy and settle down to live life as civilians, we bought some land and built a small ranch in East Texas with a couple of horses, a donkey and a few head of cattle. It was our dream to live the cowboy way of life. The cowboy in this painting is of no one in particular, just a cowboy.
Some Funny Quotes About the “Cowboy Way of Life”
• If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
• Always drink upstream from the herd.
• Don’t squat with your spurs on!
• Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town.
• Few cowboys ever owned much. The primary reward of being a cowboy is the pleasure of living a cowboy’s life.