This weekend I thought I would share one of the paintings that will be appearing in the Cowboy cookbook I am publishing with my friend Kathy McCraine. Kathy wrote the cookbook, gathering all the recipes, the photographs of famous Arizona ranches, and the personal stories of the iconic cowboys that make this lifestyle their own. Kathy and her husband, Swayze, have been a part of Arizona's ranching traditions for over 25 years, and I was thrilled when they asked me to be a part of this project. Above all, I am proud to call them friends.
|Among The Workers|
My favorite activities on big outfits center around branding and roping horses. Images for paintings seem to materialize from thin air. They come fast and furious and in the blink of an eye, they are gone. I find myself scurrying from one position to another trying to find the best light and the perfect shot. It doesn’t take a good cow boss or jigger boss long to throw 10 Hoolihans and secure the day’s working horses, so an artist must work fast. This shot is of a young ROs cowhand roping midday horses at the West Split camp. I still find it exhilarating to know I’ve gotten a great image for a painting. Sometimes all the planning, driving, and bribing pay off. I hope you enjoy knowing the workers.
Have a good weekend, and I'll see you on Monday!
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