LIVING PART-TIME ON A RANCH FOREVER changed the lives of art collectors Ray Harvey and his wife Kay. With a permanent residence in Tennessee, Harvey first fell in love with the West while hunting elk in Colorado. Consequently, the couple purchased a ranch near Chromo...

ARTIST JOSEPH McGURL CREATES PAINTINGS that are brilliant flights of his imagination. He doesn’t replicate nature’s landscapes; he inspires with masterful compositions that spring from decades of outdoor observations and experiences. Each painting tells an eloquent, emotional truth about the natural world. As Ralph Waldo...

DESPITE HAVING LIVED THE PAST FOUR DECADES in New York, John Alexander (b. 1945) still speaks with the gentle, rolling cadence of a well-heeled Southerner as he tells stories of his father, and of growing up in Beaumont, Texas. He recalls camping and fishing the...

IN SALT LAKE CITY, ARCHITECT HANK LOUIS designed a home inspired by the owners’ distinctive strengths. He joined two wings made from different materials; stretching from a central apex, they unfold in height and breadth. Concrete, standing seam metal, and tall disappearing glass doors form...

IN THE WIZENED, PIERCING GAZES that appear in David Kassan’s oil paintings of Holocaust survivors breathes an intangible ghosted presence draped with the knowledge of our collective history. These life-sized portraits bear witness to one of the darkest moments in humanity’s past. Yet, they also...

IN 1977, FORMER OIL EXECUTIVE turned rancher Pete DeLeeuw and his wife purchased an 86-acre property in Brenham, Texas, a few hours east of Houston. Called Pennridge Ranch, it had a big tank — that’s a swimming hole to a Texan — the greenest grass...

WHEN A COUPLE FIRST VISITED what was to become their wine country property, it had almost everything: a scenic 45-minute approach up a rural, winding road; a beautiful remote site with far-reaching views; established olive trees and lavender; an orchard and vegetable gardens; a rustic...

A RECENT RETROSPECTIVE AT THE AUTRY MUSEUM of the American West in Los Angeles brought out the enthusiasm that made artist David Bradley’s work iconic among audiences. “Visitors let out gasps or painful giggles. They started conversations among themselves about stuff they never would have...

JOPLIN, MISSOURI, SITS SQUARELY IN THE MIDDLE of the Main Street of America, otherwise known as historic U.S. Route 66. It’s famous for being a backdrop for the shenanigans of a notorious criminal duo, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who robbed their way through Joplin...

ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ARTISTIC BREAKTHROUGHS in Quang Ho’s long career took place one day in West Virginia, when he carried his paints into an autumn forest, gazed around at the spectacular beauty — and didn’t paint. Instead, he found himself compelled to simply...

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