The perspective, space, the land, the light and this lone cottonwood here in the valley, made this rural county road a must to capture in pencil. We are all on a journey towards the future. In life we do not see where our path may lead but we trust in due time to reach those glorious mountain tops.
Without something to Love...Love has no meaning.
After a long day, this cowboy takes a moment to appreciate the scene unfolding before him as shadows of glory move across the valley. This piece I’ve held in my mind and heart for over four years before my pencil ever touched the paper. This is the pasture in front of my bunkhouse with the view I see most every day. The sharp pyramid is one of the local focal points “Horn Peak” in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. After a lot of contemplation and waiting patiently for it all to happen, I found the perfect group of horses to fit my vision, to work with my “Closest Cowboy.”
It’s all in the eyes of this young horse! So young, innocent and still a lot to learn - but the willingness in his eyes and his positive attitude captivated me. He inspired me to be a better person.
Solitary trees such as this cotton wood, always inspire and speak to me of timeless, ancient meaning. They have weathered through the storms of life as years come and go, from one generation to the next. They speak of strength, & endurance, in a world that is ever changing. This tree offers shelter, and protection, to a young calf that its mother has hidden underneath.
Compassion in the Chicken Coop, comes from a childhood memory that I fondly hold in my heart. It represents my only sister with which I played in our chicken house when we were probably 4 and 7 years old. We would tuck their heads under their wings to rock the chickens to sleep, perch them on their roost and they would not even fall off. I have wanted to do a work such as this for many years in dedication to my sister. This piece was a pure joy to create.
09.19.19 Fresh off the easel. Completed just a couple days ago. This Flee Bitten Grey proved to be a great challenge in drawing a textured white coat. Best Pals, this innocent child whispering a 'Secret' in his horse’s ear made this drawing irresistible!
My respect for Jack is expressed with real Reverence. Jack is one of the most inspiring animals I've ever known. His gaze, and the look in his eye penetrates my heart deeply. I desire to have that same obvious connection as Jack, does with the unseen Master.
I have a deep connection with this rural, old, chapel that is no longer used. But a real feeling of sacredness remains in this special place.
Peace in Solitude features a local “Father Figure” of mine. His experience as a wrangler, guide and pastor, made him a natural model for me to express the pure peace, and the quiet solitude that I experience in the valley! The back drop in this work is the view that I see every day from my bunkhouse window. Countless times I’ve stood at this very spot with my horse at the end of a long day and watched the sun sink in the west. Indeed, Peace in Solitude at its best.
Relationships… Is what this piece is all about -Another good friend of mine underneath a lone cottonwood in one of my favorite spots in the valley, With Faithful Companions by your side… one under your arm and another sniffing on your shoulder… at this moment, life couldn’t get any better!