|Too Young To Be Pensive|
I first met Chance during a trip to the Goemmer's Triangle K Ranch, outside Willard, New Mexico. He was a young kid that came from a ranching family in Oklahoma, and yearned to be in the middle of everything.
This particular summer, I was at the C.V. Ranch near Paulden, Arizona and Chance showed up to once again work for the Goemmer's. This time for Lowell's son, Shawn. Chance had the opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from some of the best cowboys I've ever seen; men who live by the code of the West; men that a young kid in search of his destiny could emulate. And learn he did! A summer spent with the likes of Shawn Goemmer, Ben Kimble and Shane Thompson kicked him a long way down the cowboy road.
In this painting, Chance is 16 years old, but his skills are as polished as any veteran cowhand. I love this shot of him holding herd and waiting for his opportunity to rope and drag. I especially like his reflective mood and I was thinking about what a melancholy moment this was. Chance was, in all probability, contemplating his turn to pull his rope down and go to work. I guess I was in awe that this kid could be so serious about his responsibilities. Let’s face it, how many pensive 16-year-olds do you know?
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