A sixth generation Coloradan, Duke Beardsley has been drawing and painting the American west for as long as he can remember. Raised both in Denver, and on a 1000 acre cattle ranch in eastern Colorado, Duke’s “duel” upbringing is the foundation for his unique blend of traditional western iconography and contemporary art sensibilities. An unapologetic fan of all “things cowboy” Duke spends much time on horseback, joining his many friends and family on some of the West’s greatest ranches. Duke rides with crews to participate, observe and document todays working cowboys and cowgirls in their element. Formally trained at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Duke now lives and works with his wife and two daughters in Denver.
With masterful use of line, palette and texture Lynn Boggess carries the viewer into his richly verdant and luscious landscapes, where these works were conceived.
Lynn Boggess’ subjects reflect the diverse nature of West Virginia and its flora. Boggess draws the viewer into the deeply receding spaces of his images. The pictures, devoid of human or animal habitation, focus on Nature, free of the influence of human activity. Boggess compels the viewer to contemplate each scene in turn, and finally the cycle of scenes: the lapse of hours; the alternating character of the rocks, of the trees and of the land; the turn of season. The paintings themselves become the spaces they portray.
LeeAnn Brook is a Nevada City, California-based artist whose works explore the landscape through color and movement. Using an expressive layering of colors, unique textures, and an awareness of light, Brook’s large format contemporary landscape paintings are inspired by environments of water, grasslands, gardens and forests.
Wilson Capron grew up in far West Texas with a family background in ranching. He is the son of Mike and Anne Capron of Sheffield, TX and a brother to Liz Capron of Ft. Worth, TX. He graduated from Fort Davis High School in 1992 and from Texas A&M University-Commerce in1996 with a degree in Ag-Business. That same year, he began to apprentice under bit and spur maker Greg Darnall. Wilson’s unique designs also stem from the influence of his father, a cowboy artist! Today, Wilson lives in Christoval, Texas, with his wife Katy, and their daughters Macy and Emmy, where his interest in horsemanship and roping continue to contribute to his art as a bit and spur maker
Tim produces sculptures which not only attract the viewer’s eye but also the viewer’s hand. Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1965, Tim grew up in Nelson, a town located among the rugged Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia. This is where he developed a love of wildlife and the outdoors. Escaping into the wild was then, and still is, a spiritual experience. At sixteen Tim began working summers as a cook and wrangler for a hunting outfit, which took him into the wilderness country of northern British Columbia. By the time Tim was eighteen he was guiding his own clients on two week trips.
Eric Dever (born, Los Angeles, 1962) moved to New York in 1986 to study painting and critical theory at NYU/Steinhardt (MA’88-studio art). His work since the early 1990’s has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Dever is represented by Berry Campbell Gallery, New York.
For more than a decade, Dever employed a square canvas and limited palette, white for four years, then white and black for two years, and since then white, black, and red. Uncovering a staggering amount of variety, both in hue and composition, it was an exercise most notable when the works were placed together, each painting holding its own.
Marie Figge Wise was born in Davenport, Iowa and now splits her time between Texas and Colorado. From a young age, art has been a tremendous influence on Figge Wise’s life, cultivated at first from her studies at The Art students League of New York, then in Italy where she studied the studio arts and art history, and later by her family’s connection with Davenport’s Figge Art Museum. Marie has studied with Joe Anna Arnett, Sherrie McGraw, Gregg Kreutz, Nancy Bush, and Michael Workman.
Stained Glass. His work includes everything from religious subjects and text to wolves, trout, wheat and mountains. His stained glass can create the illusion of 3D depth or a textured appearance, and he is equally adept at modern or contemporary styles.
Scott Hardy, a fifth generation stockman, understands the dedication required to excel. Though largely self-taught, Hardy acknowledges the influence of modern masters Al Pecetti and Mark Drain. In his 31st year as a full-time silversmith and engraver, Hardy was commissioned by the Calgary Stampede to create 100 hand-engraved, silver and gold buckles commemorating the Stampede’s 2012 Centennial. Canada Post issued a stamp featuring Hardy’s buckle to celebrate the Stampede’s centennial making Hardy the first silversmith with work featured on a Canadian stamp. A full-time silversmith and engraver since 1981, Scott has been honored by the Academy of Western Artists, receiving the 2001 Will Rogers Award as Engraver of the Year. In 1994 his was judged Best of Show at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.