Cowboy Art

Photo by W. S. Bowmam

Charles Goodnight was definitely a cowboy at heart. His wild, determined, fearless spirit is the quintessential of the ideal western man. Many artists around the world have tried to capture the essence of such men in their art. The following artists have definitely done that in their work.

W.S. Bowman

Walter S. Bowman (1865-1938) was a professional photographer who worked in Pendleton, Oregon, from the late 1880s to the mid 1930s.

Born about 1862 on Birch Creek, Oregon, Bowman began studying photography under T.C. Ward in 1887. Bowman purchased Ward’s studio in 1890 and continued to work as Pendleton’s premier photographer until his retirement in the mid 1930s. The Bowman Studio was housed in a building right on the banks of the Umatilla River.

Photo by W. S. Bowman

George Robertson Riding a Buffalo at Custer County Fair and Rodeo, August 21,1935

 Another cowboy artist is the famous Clark Kelley Price! The beauty of his paintings are  breathtaking.

The one below is called “The Light of Home”.

The Light of Home, Clark Kelley Price, 2010. Oil on canvas, 16” x 20”

Artist’s description: “Coming off the mountain, cold, tired and hungry, this man and his horses are mighty glad to see the lights of home, where there’s plenty of food and a good night’s rest.”

Click to see bigger image of The Light of Home”

Clark Kelley Price

“Clark was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1945. As a child he loved to draw and even his earliest artistic efforts told stories. His parents Rex T. and Kathryn E. Price recognized his talent and encouraged him to use it. He received his formal education at Ricks College and Brigham Young University, however his deep commitment to the Gospel, his love of the West – – both modern and historical – – and his life experiences have been his greatest resources in developing his talent.

He spent his early years living in a log cabin that his parents had built in Montana. Surrounded by nature, Clark developed an appreciation for the land, as well as an ability to observe the kinds of details that many overlook. He has been able to call upon matter of his observations and experiences to create the art for which he has become known. The subject matter of his work ranges from religious to old west.He has painted full-time since 1973. The Ensign Magazine often uses his art. He has done paintings for the LDS Temple in Tonga, Samoa, and Seattle, as well as for the MTC in Provo, Utah. He has illustrated several books including PORTER ROCKWELL, A BIOGRAPHY as has illustrated the covers for books by John H. Groberg, a member of the Quorum of Seventy. He has won awards from the Church International Art contests and International Poster contests. Many individuals have original Price paintings. Prints have recently been made available.

Firelight Reflections, print by Clark Kelley Price

Click to see bigger image of “Firelight Reflections”

“Old Tales of Texas”. Oil painting by Laurie Justus Pace

“A New Man in Town”. Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace.

Laurie Justus Pace

A Texan artists, Pace’s passionate works are alive with movement, boldly created with a wide brush and a palette knife.  As you can see from her painting, she loves working with oils, dramatically carving out the paint and transferring her energy to the canvas and ultimately on to the viewer. Laurie is a co-founder of four working groups of artists, Contemporary Fine Art International, Artists of Texas, Daily Painters of Texas and the Five Graces.  She is an associate member of WAOW and the Oil Painters of America, The American Watercolor Society, Daily Painters, International Equine Artists and Professional Published Fine Artists.

And naturally, Wyman Meinzer can not resist taking a picture of cowboys at work.

Photo by Wyman Meinzer
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