February | March 2015 Feature Articles



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RINGSIDE IS A QUINTESSENTIAL WILLIAM MATTHEWS PAINTING, a large-format masterfully executed watercolor of a working cowboy, captured in a moment when an everyday task appears an act of grace. As is often the case with Matthews’ works, the subject’s face is not visible. Rather than simply being obscured by a lowered hat brim, though, the entire figure is facing away from the…

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Influence of the West

Written By Marilyn Bauer      

WHAT MAKES A JOHN FINCHER A WESTERN ARTIST, at first glance, simple geography. Born in Hamilton, Texas, schooled at the University of Oklahoma and working for the past 30 years from a studio in Santa Fe, his experience with the landscape west of the Mississippi informs his work in any number of ways. “Fincher has the eye of a sage, seeing in…

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The Monk’s Shadow

Written By David M. Brown       Photography By Rick Brazil      

EONS OF SEDIMENTARY ACTIVITY HAVE HELPED CARVE LANDMARK Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley and Phoenix, Arizona. On the north side of the summit ridge are wind caves, grottos and Praying Monk, a 100-foot-high formation whose bent figure kneels in prayer and consecration. Below this, on a boulder-strewn site, a couple has built a new home where they had razed the 1956…

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European Heritage Meets Western America

Written By Lynn Churchwell-Martens       Photography By Christopher Marona      

DURANGO, COLORADO, IS DIVIDED BY CONTRASTING LANDSCAPES: An arid high desert graduates to rugged slopes that entice world travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. But somehow, these opposing climates merge in agreement with an understated complexity. The same could be said about the home belonging to Rick and Andrea Carlton in Glacier Club, a picturesque golf community 20 miles north of Durango’s Main Avenue.…

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Cowgirl Up!

Written By Myrna Zanetell      

THE WAY IN WHICH WESTERN ART IS CONSIDERED he way in which Western art is considered  and defined has expanded significantly since the introduction of Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, a tantalizing annual art show and sale showcasing paintings, drawings and sculpture by a cadre of the nation’s finest women artists. When the Desert Caballeros…

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Wild Art Bazaar

Written By Todd Wilkinson      

AS A GENUINE CULTURAL PHENOMENON, there are no words adequate to describe the atmosphere of Safari Club International’s annual hook-and-bullet shindig. For outdoorspeople who venture afield in camouflage, blaze orange and khaki, who dream as Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway did of embarking upon grand hunting adventures, and who savor the feel of elegantly crafted guns and fly rods, the…

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