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  • Quest for the West artist Veryl Goodnight

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 19, 2016

    Goodnight 2015

    Veryl Goodnight

    Born 1947 in Denver, Colorado, lives in Mancos, Colorado

    Northwoods Journey

    2016, oil, 18 x 24 inches

    Sled dogs and their drivers have played major roles in the history of America for more than 12,000 years, from the Arctic to as far south as the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The Inuit could not have survived the harsh Arctic climate without their dogs, and they recognized this by considering them not as animals but nearer to human beings. Sled dogs first pulled mail in 1778 near Lake Superior, and the last mail was delivered in 1963—almost 200 years later. Very few people know these stories.

    is what keeps Veryl Goodnight excited about her work and her art from becoming repetitious. As a child she dreamed of having a horse, and this desire became the impetus for her art. The subtle differences of each living being became her passion.

    From her acreage in southwestern Colorado overlooking Mesa Verde National Park, Goodnight draws inspiration for her art from the dramatic scenery, residents, and animals in the area. Her work has evolved from depicting only animals to sculpting people and animals in harmony together. She is a sought-after instructor of equine sculpture classes and workshops. In April of 2011, Goodnight was honored with a forty-year retrospective show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Back From the Brink, an over-life-size sculpture chronicling Mary Anne Goodnight bottle-raising orphaned bison calves, was unveiled during the opening of the Goodnight Historical Center near Claude, Texas, in October 2012.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2011       Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Best of Show
    2011       Gilcrease Museum, Retrospective Exhibition
    2007       Back From the Brink, monument placed at Camp Tecumseh, Indiana, and the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas
    2005       The Bronc, monument placed at the Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver, Colorado
    2002       No Turning Back, monument placed at the University of Nebraska
    1997       The Day the Wall Came Down, 25%-over-life-size sculpture of five horses jumping over crumbled pieces of the Berlin Wall to freedom; placed at the George H. Bush Presidential Library


    National Sculpture Society, Fellow
    Northwest Rendezvous
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery Representation

    Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado
    Medicine Man Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
    Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas

  • Quest for the West artist John Fawcett

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 08, 2016

    Fawcett 2016

    John Fawcett

    Born 1952 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; lives in Clark, Colorado

    Blessing the Bonnet Case
    2016, oil, 24 x 36 inches

    The feathered war bonnet, common to the Plains tribes, was a headdress of great distinction worn only by deserving warriors whose bravery and exploits in battle were worthy. Each feather represented a particular coup performed by the brave, most often wing feathers from golden eagles with horsehair strands attached to the tips. Here, the tribal elder blesses the bonnet case used to hold the prized possession when not in use and protect it from harm.

    ALTHOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN ART as a boy, John Fawcett initially pursued a career in veterinary medicine. However, the desire to paint was always there, so in 1996, after practicing for twenty years, he sold his hospital and began to paint full-time.

    A self-taught artist, Fawcett works in both watercolor and oil. “It depends on the subject matter,” he notes. “There is a certain softness and fluidity with watercolors, while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling.”

    Fawcett pursues his passion in the mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with his wife, Elizabeth, and their horses and dogs. After decades spent studying and being inspired by his subjects, he focuses on the relationships between animals and people. “I want the viewer to be able to smell the horse, hear the hoof beats—to have all their senses taken in by in the painting.”

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2014       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
    2010       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
    2009       Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year Award
    2006       Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Museum Purchase Award
    2006       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Autry Museum Award for Watercolor
    1997       National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, U.S. Art Award of Merit
    1996       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award


    American Association of Equine Artists, Signature Member
    Mountain Oyster Club, Honorary Lifetime Artist Member

    Gallery Representation

    InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona

  • Quest for the West artist Tony Eubanks

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 06, 2016

    Eubanks 2016
    Tony Eubanks

    Born 1939 in Dallas, Texas; lives in Clifton, Texas

    The Remuda

    2016, watercolor, 15 x 29 inches

    Horses have always been important to the American culture. They were of vital importance to the existence of Native peoples, and they remain important today for other reasons. They’re still used on Western ranches, in sporting events, and for pleasure by tens of thousands of people. A pasture with grazing horses can be both beautiful to see as well as calming to one’s spirit. The horses in this painting are actually a herd of protected ponies near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

    EVEN THOUGH his artistic gift was apparent while he was a young child, Tony Eubanks had not planned a career in art until a chance encounter with an art class while he was a student at Texas Tech University led him to change direction. After observing the class, it occurred to him that he, too, could make art. Abruptly abandoning his plans to become a rancher, he began to take art classes, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in illustration at North Texas University, followed by post-graduate studies at the Los Angeles Art Center.

    His early career was spent doing illustrations out of New York. Eubanks has done work for Time Magazine and National Geographic, and many other publications. Since the late 1970s, he has worked exclusively as a fine artist who prefers to paint diverse subjects, finding that variety helps hold his interest and keeps him “fresh.” He speculates that he is attracted to new themes “in the same way an actor is attracted to new roles.” Working primarily in oil, he shows his artwork in various galleries and shows. He is an active participant in the Western Rendezvous of Art, and along with Quest for the West, he also exhibits at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City. Subjects for Eubanks’s paintings include landscapes, figures, cowboys, and Indians.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    Copley Society of Art, Award of Merit
    Salmagundi Club, Annual Members’ Exhibition, Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Award and Arthur T. Hill Memorial Award

    Select Publications

    American Artist
    Art of the Rockies
    Art of the West

    Southwest Art
    Western Art Collector


    Northwest Rendezvous Group

  • Quest for the West artist Josh Elliott

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 02, 2016

    Elliott 2016
    Josh Elliott

    Born 1973 in Great Falls, Montana; lives in Helena, Montana

    Ancient Shadows
    2016, oil, 35 x 38 inches

    I was struck by the shadow patterns in this scene of antelope ruins in Canyon de Chelly. I began to think about how the Anasazi would have had an intimate knowledge of light and shadow and how it affected their lives living deep down in the canyon. These shadows have been witnessed by people for centuries—they are Ancient Shadows.

    A THIRD-GENERATION ARTIST, Josh Elliott was raised to appreciate art. His grandfather studied with Grant Wood and dabbled in all sorts of artistic pursuits. His father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott, who gave up a successful career as an ER doctor to become a full-time artist, taught and encouraged him. Elliott learned the importance of painting from life and discovered his passion for painting outdoors. He sees his outdoor paintings as a reaction to what is in front of him, and feels they act as sit-ups and push-ups to sharpen his skills. He considers his studio paintings to be a culmination of everything he has learned from painting out, combined with his own artistic interpretation. Elliott credits his recent growth to the teachings of artists John and Terri Moyers, who stress the fundamentals of drawing and composition.

    Born in Montana, Elliott lived out of state for some time but always felt a deep connection with Montana’s landscape and people. He now lives with his wife and two daughters in Helena, Montana.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2015       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2011       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
    2010       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Ben Stahl Award
    2008       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Palette Award
    2007       Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Edith Hamlin Award
    2007       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Artistic Merit Award
    2007       C. M. Russell Art Auction, Honorary Chairman Award
    2006       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Legacy and Artistic Merit Awards
    2005       Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Plein Air Invitational, Maynard Dixon and Quick Draw Awards


    Northwest Rendezvous Group

    Gallery Representation

    Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, Wyoming

  • Quest for the West artist Barry Eisenach

    by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Sep 01, 2016

    Eisenach 2016

    Barry Eisenach

    Born 1952 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; lives in Arvada, Colorado

    Eagle Spirit
    2014, bronze, 44 x 15 x 18 inches

    Having grown up in the American West, I am naturally drawn to portraying the lives and history of the people of this region. For those of us who work in this genre, it is a privilege to stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us.

    AFTER TWO YEARS at Colorado State University, Barry Eisenach attended and graduated from Colorado Institute of Art. He spent twenty-three years as an illustrator and graphic designer before turning his attention to sculpting and painting. Eisenach was featured in the January 2000 edition of Southwest Art and the July/August 2008 and 2011 issues of Art of the West. He was elected to membership in the Northwest Rendezvous Group in 2003 and is a juried Sculptor Member of the National Sculpture Society. He and his wife, Patti, enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains, snorkeling, beaches, and travel. Their son, Justin, lives in California.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2009       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Heritage Award (also 2006, 2007, 2008)
    2009       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Award of Merit (also 2004, 2008)
    2003       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Silver Rose Award
    2003       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Montana Historical Society Legacy Award
    2003       Bosque Arts Center, Bosque Art Classic, Gold Medal for Sculpture (also 2002)
    2002       Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, Best in Show
    1999       National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, John Spring Art Founder Award


    National Sculpture Society
    Northwest Rendezvous

    Gallery Representation

    Goodnight Trail Gallery of Western Art, Mancos, Colorado
    Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado
    Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
    Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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