Her first love. Her own puppy. Her dream come true. A moment like this, we don't want to ever end.
Without something to Love...Love has no meaning.
I am excited to share my latest drawing fresh off the drawing board, featuring a dear friend, which I have titled "Alone Together." My desire for this piece was to express the connection, and partnership between man & horse. The composition & design of the horse's neck coming down towards the cowboy, keeps a soft harmonious, connection between the two. The cowboys left hand & arm leads your eye back around to the horse. This softly invites the eye in a continuous circular motion, with the focus never leaving the two. I intentionally created a tonal background with the light illuminating the two to create almost a divine quality. To me it feels symbolic that God's Love always surrounds us through the grind of every ordinary day. "Alone Together" expresses there is "Glory in the Grind" with two great partners right beside you - the visible & invisible... a horse sniffing on your shoulder & God in your heart.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
My little friend and his beloved "Long Eared" mule had to be drawn. No way around it.
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!