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2017 Quest Artists

  • Balciar, Gerald

    Balciar 2016aBorn 1942, in Medford, Wisconsin; lives in Parker, Colorado


    LIKE MANY
    artists, Gerald Balciar’s fascination with art began when he was a young boy. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, he was fascinated by the wild animals in the woods near his home and taught himself how to sketch them. In 1964, after learning to work in clay, he cast his first bronze. He later began to carve in stone as well.

    Balciar’s empathy for animals, enhanced by careful research and occasional work from live models, forms the basis for his sympathetic portrayals of wildlife, which are admired by zoologists and wildlife advocates. His creations range from small works to monumental installations. His largest marble is Canyon Princess, an 18-foot, 16,000-pound cougar carved from a single block and installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In order to have the marble he prefers, he stores a huge supply near his studio and on land he owns near a quarry.

  • Bodelson, Dan

    Bodelson 2017Born 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota; lives in Santa Fe

    ALTHOUGH HE WAS BORN IN MINNESOTA
    , Dan Bodelson grew up in Colorado and New Mexico. After graduating from high school in Santa Fe, he attended the California College of the Arts in San Francisco/Oakland, receiving his BFA in 1972. Intending to pursue a career as an illustrator, his love of painting took him back to Santa Fe, where he has lived and painted ever since.

    Bodelson’s scenes of American Indian life and landscapes are inspired by Western literature and the natural beauty that surrounds him. He and his family also travel widely; he has painted in places as far-flung as Brazil, the Bahamas, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. His work can be found in many outstanding private and corporate collections. Since the early 1970s, Bodelson has been involved with many group, individual, and invitational shows.

  • Buxton, John

    Buxton 2017Born 1939, in Oxford, North Carolina; lives in Allison Park, Pennsylvania

    DURING HIS CHILDHOOD in North Carolina, Buxton explored the woods near his home whenever he could. When bad weather kept him indoors, he drew all day. His love of art grew into a determination to become an artist, leading him to earn a Bachelor of Professional Arts degree from the ArtCenter College of Design in California. He became a respected illustrator, winning many awards during his thirty-one-year career. Among his most memorable clients was the National Geographic Society; he was greatly influenced by their insistence on complete accuracy—it struck a chord.

    After moving to the woodland hills of western Pennsylvania, Buxton became interested in the events that had shaped the region’s history. He researched the area’s historical events, attending historical reenactments and meeting historians. By the 1990s, he had found his calling: a life completely absorbed in eighteenth-century lore.

    Buxton’s carefully researched paintings have been used in numerous historical documentary films and are displayed at many museums and historical sites.

  • Case, Russell G.

    Case 2017Born 1966 in Cedar City, Utah; lives in Brigham City, Utah


    OUT OF NORTHERN UTAH
    , G. Russell Case makes his home in Brigham City, Utah. Although surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Case’s passion lies south in the desert. Vast mesas and endless skies are the inspiration behind the painter’s work. Motivated by his father at an early age, Case began his career with watercolor, later transitioning to oil. His sweeping, idealized versions of the Western landscape are compositions that combine the beauty of the natural world with the rich imagination and originality of an artist’s mind.

  • Cheever, Bruce

    Cheever 2017Born 1958, in Utah; lives in Woodland Hills, Utah


    INTERESTED IN ART AS A CHILD
    , Bruce Cheever embarked on a career as a fine artist after spending many years as an illustrator. It was during those years that he discovered his affinity for tonalism and luminism. Cheever’s atmospheric and bucolic landscapes are suggestive of the Renaissance period, and his passion for the landscape is driven by the never-ending search for beauty.

    Cheever has had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world, capturing the beauty of the landscape in his paintings. Today, his studio paintings take shape from the inspiration he gathers from those travels. Whether painting a rural scene in the American West or a pastoral European landscape, his unique painting style is emerging.

    This Utah artist credits both his education at Brigham Young University and his professional career as an illustrator as prime training ground in both observation and discipline. His love of the Western American landscape has been a hallmark of his success.  

  • Cherry, Tim

    Cherry 2016Born 1965, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; lives in Branson, Missouri

     “ANIMALS HAVE PERSONALITIES that make me smile, and that is what I try to convey through my work,” says Tim Cherry of his wildlife sculptures. A job as an outfitting guide in British Columbia, the Yukon, and Northwest territories, when he was still a teenager, provided him close contact with the moose, bears, and other animals that he now sculpts. To further explore his interest in wildlife, he studied animal anatomy with a taxidermist whose own sculpture inspired Cherry to try his hand.

    As a sculptor of animals, both wild and domesticated, Cherry has been influenced more by art nouveau than strict realism, which is evident in the abstract shapes of his playful, stylized works. His sculptures’ smooth finishes lend themselves to a variety of patinas, adding interest and individuality to his creatures.

  • Corbett, Rox

    Corbett 2017Born 1956 in Ontario, Canada; lives in Powell, Wyoming


    ROX CORBETT
    is an award-winning artist who makes drawings exclusively with charcoal. Rather than loose sketches, her drawings are detailed, textural, and, she hopes, a little moody. Charcoal is a basic medium, but it is also capable of great depth and expression. Corbett uses handmade tools and her fingers (rubbed into charcoal sticks) and then dry-paints the material onto the paper. Charcoal pencils are used for sharp edges; big compressed charcoal sticks and homemade willow charcoal for depth; and erasers to reverse the dark, much as one would in scratchboard.

    Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming; the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona; and at First Interstate Banks in Billings, Montana, and Sheridan and Casper, Wyoming. Corbett holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University, Montreal.

  • Dean, Glenn

    Dean 2017Born 1976 in Torrance, California; lives in Cambria, California

    GLENN DEAN’S childhood interest in art matured into a love of painting landscapes by his early twenties. Exposure to the California and Western landscape painters of the early 1900s had a great influence on the young artist and directed the course of his career early on. In the works of such masters as Edgar Payne and Maynard Dixon, Dean saw the “importance of seeing the color of light” while “carefully observing the simple and basic characteristics of a specific location.” 

    A largely self-taught artist, Dean has a passion and joy for discovering answers to the complexities found in the works of those past masters and continues to strive for a similar quality in his own work. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the figure within the landscape as he brings the figure closer to t.he forefront

    Dean paints on location throughout the Southwest, dividing his time between deserts, mountains, and coastal subjects. Time in the field and time in the studio are equally important to him. While working in his studio, Dean is able to paint larger compositions worked from field studies and other references. Dean lives in his native state of California on the Central Coast.

  • Devenyns, Steve

    Devenyns 2017Born 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri; lives in Cody, Wyoming

    RAISED IN COLORADO, Steve Devenyns always enjoyed wildlife, the West, and wide-open spaces. As a horseman and outdoorsman, he enjoys time in the mountains and working with fellow ranchers. After an automobile accident in 1974, his long recuperation period was spent discovering the layers of his creativity, which led to the start of his career as an artist. Although primarily self-taught, he has been influenced by many great painters including Tucker Smith, Jim Wilcox, Robert Tommey, and most of all, by Ray Swanson.

    Devenyns has been featured in many prestigious art magazines. He is a multiple Gold Medal Winner at the Phippen Museum’s Annual Western Art Show & Sale in Arizona and has been named Artist of the Year for several national organizations. Devenyns exhibits at the Prix de West, Quest for the West, Western Visions, the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show & Sale.
  • Donahue, Mikel

    Donahue 2017Born 1956, in Tulsa, Oklahoma; lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    MIKEL DONAHUE is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His colored pencil drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up-to-sun-down work on the ranch. What may seem as mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.

    As described in the 2011 issue of Southwest Art magazine, “A pensive, almost dream-like sheen emanates from most of Donahue’s canvases, a result of both his informed approach towards his subject matter and his technical proficiency.” A past career in commercial design helped Donahue perfect his sense of composition and understanding of the principles of design and form. His knowledge of the subject matter is aided by time spent on ranches, hundreds of photographs, and numerous sketches and field notes to remind him of certain moments.

    Born and raised in Tulsa, Donahue was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather, who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. His maternal grandfather exposed him to Western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, and what was then the National Cowboy Fall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, as an adult Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences: a life breeding quarter horses with his wife, Christie, on their place outside Broken Arrow and an award-winning career in the arts.

  • Dudash, C. Michael

    Dudash 2015Born 1952, in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Hayden, Idaho

    BORN AND RAISED IN MINNESOTA, C. Michael Dudash settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where he began his full-time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977. Trained in the fine arts, his decision to begin a career in classic illustration won him a prestigious national reputation. His transition back into fine art was natural, as his influences as an oil painter have been classical painters such as Sargent and Fechin, the Impressionists, and Golden Age illustrators N. C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, and Maxfield Parrish.

    His corporate and individual collectors appreciate the draftsmanship, use of light, and colorful atmosphere that Dudash brings to his work. During the past twelve years he has directed his energies into painting the characters and history of the Old West. “I love the various elements of nineteenth-century frontier subject matter. I get to combine landscapes, vintage gear and clothing, colorful characters, livestock, and interesting history all rolled into a growing body of work. The storytelling aspect is also a lot of fun, one that is full of unlimited possibilities.”

  • Eisenach, Barry

    Eisenach 2016

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

    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. He and his wife, Patti, enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains, snorkeling, beaches, and travel. Their son, Justin, lives in California.

  • Elliott, Josh

    Elliott 2016

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

    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.

  • Eubanks, Tony

    Eubanks 2016

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

    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 postgraduate 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.

  • Fawcett, John

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

    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 hoofbeats—to have all their senses taken in by in the painting.”

  • Fellows, Deborah Copenhaver

    Fellows 2017Born 1976 in Torrance, California; lives in Cambria, California

    DEBORAH COPENHAVER FELLOWS IS A horsewoman, raised on a cattle ranch in northern Idaho and brought up in a competitive family of rodeo champions. Following study in Italy, where her passion for sculpture came alive and continues today, she earned a BA in fine arts. In the post-Vietnam era, Fellows gained recognition and won competitions to create veterans’ memorials, including the Inland Northwest Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Montana State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Washington State Korean War Veterans Memorial. At the same time, she was creating many monumental portrait sculptures, some of which include Bing Crosby, Adolf Coors, Henry Kaiser, and Frank Erwin, and commissions for Boy Scouts of America and other corporations.

    During the past fifteen years, Fellows has come full circle. She now prefers sculpting the Western heritage from which she came. Through her subtle, realistic depictions, she documents the Western world that she knows and loves. She and her artist husband, Fred Fellows, live on their horse ranch in Arizona. The couple team-ropes for fun and relaxation, and they raise quarter horses for the joy of it. Noted author J. P. S. Brown says, “Her sculptures of horses and horsemen could not be truer if she mixed the clay with her blood, because it comes straight from her heart.”

  • Griffing, Robert

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    Born 1940 in Linesville, Pennsylvania; lives in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

    GROWING UP IN HISTORY-RICH western Pennsylvania, Robert Griffing roamed the fields and shores of a nearby lake. Indian artifacts that he found during his wanderings led to his fascination with the region’s early history and Indian lore. Following thirty years as a commercial artist, which refined the keen sense of design and composition that prepared him for his fine art career, Griffing turned to painting the Eastern Woodland Indians of the eighteenth century who had intrigued him as a youth.

    Today Griffing is known for his finely detailed and historically accurate portrayals of Native Americans living during America’s colonial period. A thorough researcher, he also gains a feeling for his subjects by participating in “living history” reenactments in which he and fellow reenactors use only authentic gear and weapons. He has the support of Native American groups, many of whom have shown his work in their museums and cultural centers.

  • Grossmann, David

    Grossmann 2017

    Born 1984 in Fort Collins, Colorado; lives in Grand Junction, Colorado

    DAVID GROSSMANN’S evocative landscapes blur the edges between reality, memory, and imagination. Grossmann was born in Colorado but grew up in Chile, and his adventures as an artist have taken him to many parts of the world. He now lives in southern Colorado, where the surrounding landscapes inspire most of his compositions. Art has been an important part of Grossmann’s life for as long as he can remember, and his first lessons as a young artist came from his mother and grandmother. He was more formally educated through the Colorado Academy of Art in Boulder, as well as with renowned landscape artist Jay Moore.

    Grossmann sees painting as a heartfelt way of connecting with both creation and people. “When I paint the landscape, there is something in me that comes to life that doesn’t happen any other way. I hope to capture some of that spark and to convey it through my paintings so that others can also share in that profound sense of beauty and peace.” Merging techniques from centuries ago with a contemporary aesthetic, Grossmann’s work bridges the gap between old and new, tradition and abstraction. He works on hand-made panels, which become the base for luminous layers of pigment and intricate surface textures that he meticulously develops throughout his studio paintings. Grossmann balances this time-consuming, meditative process with frequent treks outdoors to paint directly and spontaneously from nature.

  • Hagege, Logan Maxwell

    Hagege 2017

    Born 1980 in Los Angeles, California; lives in Los Angeles, California

    LOGAN MAXWELL HAGEGE (pronounced Ah-jejj) was born and raised in Los Angeles. His classical training in fine art allowed him to depart from formal Realism and focus on modern design principles. He is known for his combination of techniques, focusing on contemporary Native Americans living in the Southwest, modern landscapes, bucking broncs, and other American relics. His signature clouds are featured in many of his works, which silhouette the angular figures and more pronounced features of his Native American subjects. Hagege credits childhood trips to the California desert to visit his grandmother as early inspirations for his art.

    Hagege’s evolution from landscape to figure—and now a combination of both—was a natural progression in his art, which he continues to push to its limits in his own unique style. One idea that drives his work is that evolution in art is never ending. He is constantly challenging himself with new ideas and new ways of looking at the same subject. Today Hagege paints out of a 2,000-square-foot studio in Old Agoura Hills, California, and splits his time between his mid-century home in Los Angeles and a desert home in remote Arizona.

  • Hallmark, George

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    Born 1949 in Joshua, Texas; lives in Meridian, Texas

    ARTIST GEORGE HALLMARK’S creative career has spanned nearly five decades, progressing from draftsman to commercial artist to renowned oil painter. His subject matter is primarily architectural, focusing on the types of structures most often found in Mexico or along the California coast. Known for his precise architectural realism, he gives each of his compositions of missions, churches, cantinas, and other structural features an infusion of layers of light and elements of the natural world. His brushstrokes deftly capture the quiet moments of everyday life, offering a glimpse into exquisitely calm settings and beautiful surroundings.

    Hallmark is an annual participant in the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show in Indianapolis, and the new West Select show at the Phoenix Art Museum.

  • Hollebeke, Karin

    Hollebeke 2017

    Born 1949 in Wolfsburg, Germany; lives in Vernal, Utah

    A WESTERN PAINTER and sculptor for more than thirty years, Hollebeke lives, paints, and ranches in Utah. There she experiences a frontier lifestyle as exciting as her paintings, which depict events in the Old West. She finds that ranching life helps her capture authentic details in her dramatic scenes.

    Hollebeke first became interested in art while in her teens. After her family moved from Germany to El Paso, Texas, she learned about ranch life firsthand, an experience that sparked her interest in Western art.

    To pursue her interest in sculpture, Hollebeke studied with sculptor Ed Fraughton, an opportunity she describes as “learning the basics from the best.” Tom Lovell, another veteran Western artist, influenced her painting style. She found his candor “devastating” but found that his advice helped her find her own style, which has earned her international recognition.

  • Isaac, Terry

    Isaac 2017Born 1958 in Salem, Oregon; lives in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

    INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED wildlife artist Terry Isaac grew up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, and that is where he began his love affair with nature. Drawing inspiration from his own backyard and from the captivating vistas of the West, he began to create dramatic wildlife art.

    After gaining a degree in art education, Isaac was a teacher until a chance meeting with legendary wildlife artist Robert Bateman in the 1980s helped launch his professional career. Since, then he has strived to capture “magical moments in nature” that appear with the right lighting, color, and atmospheric conditions. He is inspired by large, dramatic panoramas as well as close-up views of animal behavior. Although there is plenty to paint around his new home base in British Columbia, he travels widely to seek out those transitory moments.

  • Jordan, Jerry

    Jordan 2016

    Born 1944 in Lubbock, Texas; lives in Taos, New Mexico

    RAISED IN WEST TEXAS, Jerry Jordan did not have much exposure to art as a child, but it somehow found him anyway. His first foray into the art world came at age thirteen when his mother gave him a paint-by-numbers picture set. Later, at seventeen, while at a family gathering in Paris, Texas, Jordan wandered into the studio of artist W. R. Thrasher. “I can still smell it; the thinner, the paint,” reminisces Jordan. “Talk about inspired! I didn't know it before, but I thought, ‘This is what I want to do.’” Jordan was so inspired that he asked Thrasher if he would consider taking him on as a student. When the artist refused his request, the determination that would prove invaluable later in Jordan’s career manifested and he began to write letters to Thrasher asking him to reconsider. After five letters over several months, Thrasher finally agreed to take on Jordan as a student. He spent two weeks with Thrasher the summer that he was eighteen and three weeks the following summer.

    Jordan first came to Taos, New Mexico, in the summer of 1963. He fell in love with work by the early twentieth-century Taos painters, and it was through their art that he first saw the beauty of the Taos landscape. Jordan continues to draw inspiration from the Taos masters. His paintings are rich and vivid, seeming to capture not only beautiful images of Taos landscapes and pueblo life, but also the feeling of Taos itself. Using his mastery of color and strong brushwork to create incredible texture, Jordan breathes life into the images of his beloved land.

  • Kelsey, Greg

    Kelsey 2017Born 1971 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; lives in Ignacio, Colorado

    AN HONEST LOOK at Greg Kelsey’s sculpture reveals his intensity for both form and subject. No matter the subject, it is his belief that form is the most significant thing about a sculpture. Says Kelsey, “It is a powerful combination when form and subject are both meaningful.”

    A self-taught artist, Kelsey is a consummate student of the behavior of light on surface. He feels the mastery of different textures gives a piece life and aids the viewer in noticing what is supposed to be noticed. The form has to own its own space and command attention, whereas the detail should draw the focus of the eye while stressing power, gesture, or movement.

    Kelsey feels his subjects have already told a story through mood, texture, and line that he, as the artist, must recognize, acknowledge, and retell.

  • Koch, Francois

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    Born 1944 in Johannesburg, South Africa; lives in Georgetown, Texas

    FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL career as an illustrator in advertising and publishing, at the age of twenty-six South African–born Francois Koch decided to pursue his boyhood passion to become a fine art painter, painting the African landscape and wildlife he loved. His paintings are included in South African embassies around the world, as well as in the presidential residence and many major corporations and banks in South Africa.

    In 1996, when his paintings started to sell internationally, he decided to explore the art scene in America by painting the Western landscape. After a sold-out one-man show at Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, in 2000, Koch decided to immigrate to America. In 2008, he and his wife, Cilicië, became proud American citizens.

    Further success with one-man and two-man shows followed and established him as one of the premier American West landscape painters. His work is included in major museum shows at the Autry Museum of the American West, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. His paintings are in the collections of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, and the Booth Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.

    Koch’s landscapes are imbued with deep emotion and expression, virtually drawing viewers into the picture.

  • Maggiori, Mark

    Maggiori 2017

    Born 1977 in Fontainebleu, France; lives in Los Angeles, California

    MARK MAGGIORI’S first views of America were framed in the front windshield of a car making its way from New York to San Francisco. That month-long trip, filled with majestic views of the national parks and timeless glimpses of the West, was made when Maggiori was only fifteen years old and on vacation far from his home in France. Its impact would ripple throughout his life and set into motion his great fascination with the West. Years later, back in Paris, he enrolled at the famous Académie Julian, where Western greats Ernest L. Blumenschein, Burt Geer Phillips, and Joseph Henry Sharp had also studied before helping form the Taos Society of Artists. After being formally trained in academic drawing, an important detour through music, and great success in the music industry, Maggiori was lured back to the United States thanks to his muse, creative equal, and wife, Petecia Lefawnhawk.

    As they journeyed through the West, their trips immediately took him back to that original road trip two decades earlier, the one that opened his eyes to the beauty of American West, inspiring his decision to start painting Western art. Staking temporary claims in out-of-the-way places such as Chloride and Kingman, Arizona, where the desert offered its stunning inspiration, Maggiori quickly began to produce some of the most audacious Western paintings of a new generation—audacious because he was brand new to the Western art world, and because he was an outsider, a Frenchman, with a profoundly unique view of the American cowboy. He quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the premier Western artists working today. Like Henry Farny, another Frenchman who made his way to the Southwest to paint its interesting inhabitants, Maggiori has carved a unique place for himself within Western art, a place where his work—part Frank Tenney Johnson, part Herbert “Buck” Dunton, with shades of Tom Ryan and Bill Owen—continues to provoke the minds of young and old Western collectors alike.

  • Mattson, Curt

    Mattson 2017Born 1956 in Fullerton, California; lives in Cave Creek, Arizona

    WHAT I DESIRE for the art I create,“ says Curt Mattson, “is a piece that is compelling and artistically challenging, one that will grab viewers’ attention and not let them go.” That Mattson succeeds is due in part to a lifetime of involvement with one of his favorite subjects—horses. Especially Western cowboys’ mounts.

    Born in California, Mattson comes from a long line of horsemen. His family trained and showed horses, and his work on ranches stretching from California to Alberta, Canada, gave him a thorough education in all things related to horses. His grandfather made saddles and riding gear; he taught his grandson the craft and encouraged him to create sculpture “in order to tell stories of the buckaroo,” In 1988, acting on his grandfather’s advice, Mattson turned to sculpture as a full-time occupation. His decision has been rewarding. Artistically successful, he feels honored to share the work he loves with others.

  • McGurl, Joseph

    McGurl 2017Born 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts; lives in Cataumet, Massachusetts

    JOSEPH MCGURL is an acknowledged leader in the current American landscape school. He studied with his father, muralist James McGurl, who exposed him to a wide variety of materials and taught him an appreciation of the craft of painting. He also studied with Ralph Rosentha at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, graduated from Massachusetts College of Art, and pursued further studies in England and Italy. To focus on drawing, he sought out and studied figure drawing under Robert Cormier, a devotee of the French Academy methods.

    McGurl’s paintings have been included in museum exhibitions in Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, California, and Rhode Island, an in numerous group museum exhibitions that have traveled throughout the country. He has had retrospective solo shows at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, and the Saint Botolph Club of Boston. The Arnot Art Museum’s Representing Representation, a survey of the most significant representational work being done today, included his work. His paintings are in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, the Mellon Collection, the Forbes Collection, Christopher Forbes, and Senator John Kerry.

    For McGurl, the process, rather than the product, is the most important part of a painting. For this reason, his studio paintings are developed from sketches painted on location, which allows him the freedom use his imagination and memory. Although the objects depicted in the paintings are elements of the landscape and have a deep personal meaning to him, an equally important subject is an exploration of light, form, space, and color as interpreted through paint.

  • Melaine, Krystii

    Melaine 2017Born 1963 in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia; lives in Colbert, Washington

    AT THE AGE OF FOUR, Krystii Melaine announced that she was going to be an artist. At seven she won her first art competition, and she was taking commissions for paintings by the age of fourteen. The Australian native studied painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design and soon set up her own fashion design company, developing it into one of the largest bridal-wear companies in Australia.

    A desire to return to painting led Melaine to spend five years studying traditional tonal realism and oil-painting techniques. Inspired by the people and animals of the American West, she is now immersed in an artistic exploration of Native American history and cultures. Melaine regularly participates in several major museum exhibitions. Recently, the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia purchased three life-size, full-length portraits of Native Americans for their permanent collection. Of her art, Melaine explains, “To capture the essence of a person or animal in a moment of time, to tell beautiful visual stories, and to share the wonders of life with others—this is what I strive for!”

  • Milhomme, Denis

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    Born 1954 in Lowell, Massachusetts; lives in Three Rivers, California

    DURING HIS CHILDHOOD in Massachusetts, Milhomme confesses that he began his “courtship” with nature, after “falling prey to the charm of the wilds.” After moving to California, he was captivated by the California and Arizona deserts, frequent subjects even today.

    Milhomme studied art at the Ultima Yellowstone Art Symposium, the Scottsdale Artists’ School, and Santa Ana College in Orange, California. He continues his education by attending workshops and constantly looking at the sights around him. A painter of moments, it is his goal to share, through his art, his deep appreciation for those moments when he is awed by nature’s beauty.

  • Moore, Jay

    Moore 2017Born 1964 in Denver, Colorado; lives in Parker, Colorado

    JAY MOORE GREW UP in Evergreen, Colorado, spending nearly every waking moment outdoors: fishing, camping, swimming, and absorbing the subtleties of nature that every good sportsman and artist needs. “My bond with nature formed early and became deeply rooted,” he says. He graduated at the top of his class from the Colorado Institute of Art and worked in graphic design and illustration for several years. A plein air painting workshop with the master landscape painter Clyde Aspevig convinced him to concentrate full-time on painting.

    “If every artist has a subject that is their sweet spot,” says Moore, “something that they love to paint and that they become known for, mine would be water. I just love painting and trying to achieve the illusion of water. I am challenged by capturing the depth, the current, the reflections, ripples, whatever . . .  Whether it be streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, waterfalls, I love it all.” His work is in the collections of the Denver Art Museum and the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs as well as many corporate and private collections.

  • Moyers, John

    Moyers 2015-smaller

    Born 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia; lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico

    FROM AN EARLY AGE, John Moyers knew he wanted to be an artist. The son of renowned cowboy artist William Moyers, he grew up in Albuquerque, drawing and painting on a daily basis. After high school, Moyers spent a year at the Laguna College of Art and Design before enrolling at the California Institute of the Arts under a Disney scholarship that emphasized drawing. When he returned to New Mexico, he began painting from life—working with models and painting on location, rather than relying on photographs for reference. His work typically begins with research into historical events, period attire and tools, and subtle trends that emerged and evolved during the frontier era.

    Today, Moyers is one of the most respected painters working in the Western and cowboy genres, and his depictions of the contemporary and historical West are among the most sought after on the art market. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, fellow artist Terri Kelly Moyers. The two share a studio adjacent to their home on the edge of the city and take full advantage of their New Mexico location, making frequent excursions to paint on location, capturing scenes rooted in the state’s cowboy, Native American, and Hispanic cultures.

  • Murphy, Brenda

    Murphy 2015Born 1955 in Dallas, Texas; lives in Arlington, Texas

    A NATIVE TEXAN, Brenda Murphy began drawing horses and other ranch animals when she was a young girl. Her love of drawing and her favorite medium—pencil—have remained with her as a professional artist. She has tried other materials, including acrylic and watercolor, but always returns to pencil drawing.

    Murphy earned a BFA degree in art from the University of Texas at Arlington, followed by work as an illustrator in Dallas. Her thoughts turned frequently to fine art and her desire to draw Western scenes. Gradually, her art shifted from commercial illustration to drawing the subjects she had imagined. She now seeks out cowboys and their livestock, and others whose ranching way of life she admires. Grateful that they have allowed her into their world, she admires them for carrying on a valuable Western tradition, one that she masterfully captures in black and white.

  • Newcomb, Rock

    Newcomb 2015Born 1945 in Oakland, California; lives in Payson, Arizona

    GROWING UP IN southern Idaho on the family homestead, Rock Newcomb encountered numerous types of wildlife. As he traveled throughout the West in later life, he was able to observe most of the wild creatures and incorporate many of them into his paintings. After earning advanced art degrees in Southern California, Newcomb taught art in the public sector for more than two decades.

    Moving to Payson, Arizona, in the late 1990s, Newcomb continued to portray wildlife. He also painted historic and pre-Columbian peoples, ruins, and artifacts of the American Southwest, as well as indigenous subjects of the American plains, plateaus, basins, and Northwest Coast. Newcomb and his wife, Cody, travel extensively throughout the United States seeking very rare and seldom displayed subjects for his paintings.

  • Nisbet, P.A.

    Nisbet 2017Born 1948 in Washington, North Carolina; lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico

    PETER ALLEN NISBET is a nationally recognized master of the American landscape. His works are highly spiritual and strongly rooted in the Realist tradition of nineteenth-century artists such as Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and a former U.S. Naval officer with service in Vietnam. Nisbet moved from Washington, D.C., to the Southwest in 1980 to commence a successful painting career that has now spanned over four decades. His work is honored in the permanent collections of the Eiteljorg Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and in numerous private collections worldwide.

  • Peters, Robert

    Peters 2017Born 1960 in Rochester, New York; lives in Prescott, Arizona

    I OFTEN SEEK OUT THE STORY in a landscape,” says Robert Peters. Although he immerses himself in the landscapes he paints, seeking tales they have to tell, he is not a plein air painter. Rather, when he finds a landscape he wishes to paint, he sketches, notes color values and his impressions of the scene, and then completes the painting in his studio.

    Growing up in Arizona, he loved being outdoors. It wasn’t until he was a student at Northern Arizona University that he took an art class. His interest and talent led him to a career as a freelance illustrator whose paintings appeared on the covers of publications such as U.S. News and World Report. Peters created paintings for the national advertising campaigns of corporations such as 7UP, IBM, Audi, Intel, Revlon, TV Guide, and others.

    For more than twenty-five years, he has worked as a landscape painter and is now a regular contributor to museum exhibitions such as the Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale and the Prix de West. Robert, his wife, Nanette, and their two children currently reside near Prescott, Arizona.

  • Post, Howard

    Post 2017

    Born 1948 in Tucson, Arizona; lives in Queen Creek, Arizona

    A THIRD-GENERATION ARIZONIAN, Howard Post grew up on a small ranch near Tucson in southern Arizona. He attended the University of Arizona where he completed his BFA and MFA degrees. In the early 1970s he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for a variety of clients throughout the U.S. After serving on the faculty at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, Post began painting full-time.

    Post’s work can be found in a variety of collections including the Smithsonian; the U.S. Postal Service; the Tampa, Eiteljorg, Denver, Phoenix, Whitney, and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museums; and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. His work has also been featured in many magazines and in the books Leading the West: 100 Contemporary Artists and Howard Post: Western Perspectives, a new retrospective by Rose Fredrick Productions.

  • Presse, Heide

    Presse 2017Born 1958 in Heidelberg, Germany; lives in Tampa, Florida


    COMBINING HER INTERESTS
    in history, art, and needlework, Heide Presse’s paintings reveal many talents. Recently, while reading the journals of overland emigrants, Heide was inspired to bring them to life. Painting mid-nineteenth-century subjects allows her to indulge her love of textiles and period clothing. Learning to sew historically accurate quilts and garments, and participating in living history, has also given her a better understanding of the lives of the people she is striving to portray.

    Scenes from everyday life are among Presse’s favorite subjects, and she uses lighting and rich color to find glory in the ordinary. Showing artistic talent since she was a young child, she earned a BFA in graphic design and after working in advertising, painting became her focus. Born in Germany and raised in Louisiana, Presse lived for a while in Texas, but now lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband, Jim, and son, Alex.

  • Rogers, Scott

    Rogers 2015

    Born 1961 in Mesa, Arizona; lives in Logan, Utah

    ART INSPIRES PEOPLE to see and connect with the beauty of life in a wide range of aspects,” says Scott Rogers. He strives for authenticity in each of his pieces and balances a unique voice with artistic traditions. Rogers uses shape, shadow, and line of silhouette to communicate. His greatest joy is creating a piece that is an instant conduit to a rich body of knowledge (anatomy, feelings, history, and lore). As he pursues his craft, Rogers sees an existing form and puts it in clay such that it holds a viewer’s interest abstractly.

    In his own words: “I sculpt with the intention of having my art lift the spirit, assisting one to reach out for the ‘best’ in life, inspiring others to feel better about themselves and their fellow man. I want to encourage viewers of my work to be active participants in feeling the moments depicted. One of my greatest joys is to create a work of art that has a presence far beyond the physical confines of the sculpture itself.”

    Scott Rogers’s work is displayed in private, corporate, and museum collections around the world.

  • Roldan-de-Moras, Gladys

    Roldan de Moras 2015Born 1963 in Monterrey, Mexico; lives in San Antonio, Texas

    BORN AND RAISED in Monterrey, Mexico, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras is known for her paintings, which often spotlight Spanish culture, including courageous, gallant Mexican escaramuzas daringly riding horses sidesaddle in a rodeo-style festival; romantic flamenco señoritas clad in exuberant Andalusian dresses; and old-fashioned, delicate damsels in intimate, exquisite poses. After living in San Antonio for more than twenty-five years, she finds great inspiration in representing her love of Spanish culture. “I try to paint the beauty around me,” says Roldan-de-Moras of her work. “I am inspired by turn-of-the-century Spanish painters.”

    Her talent has landed her work in many private and public permanent collections at the national and international levels.

  • Santiago, Roseta

    Santiago 2017Born 1946 in Washington, D.C.; lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico

    ALTHOUGH SHE BEGAN her career as an exhibit and graphics designer, Roseta Santiago’s true passion has always been oil painting. Her interest in creating fine art was reignited when the Bass Pro chain of stores commissioned her to paint life-size wildlife murals on the walls of twenty-two stores. After completing the commission, she moved to New Mexico and established a home and studio. Her lifelong dream to paint became a reality.

    Santiago enjoys painting historic artifacts, attracted by their shapes, uses, and the aura of mystery that surrounds them. She portrays the individuality and beauty created by artisans of the past. Her subjects frequently come from her own eclectic collection of artifacts and objects, which she has gathered through the years. She has exhibited her work at the Autry Museum of the American West’s Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale.

  • Scott, Sandy

    Scott 2015

    Born in 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa; lives in Lander, Wyoming

    SANDY SCOTT was trained at the Kansas City Art Institute and worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She then turned her attention to etching and printmaking in the 1970s and sculpture in the 1980s. She maintains studios in Lander, Wyoming; Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada; and Larimer County, Colorado. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, and streams, she is an avid outdoorswoman, licensed pilot, and lives the life she depicts.

    Scott has won awards for sculpture and etching, and her monumental Presidential Eagle is installed at the entrance to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, and at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming. Scott’s work is included in the collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; the R. W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, Louisiana; the United States Military Academy, West Point; Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; and the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Scott was selected as one of the “Ten Most Prominent People in Western Art” by Southwest Art magazine in 2013.

  • Smith, Adam

    A Smith 2017Born 1984 in Medina, Minnesota; lives in Manhattan, Montana

    BORN IN MEDINA, MINNESOTA, and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Smith has spent twenty-seven years surrounded by the incredible wonders of Western wildlife and has worked to master the art of its accurate rendering. Smith studies nature with the acute eyes of a scientist, yet gingerly re-creates it with the hands of a painter. He is no stranger to fine art, as he is the son of prominent wildlife artist and fellow Quest for the West artist Daniel Smith. Make no mistake, this young artist sets himself apart from the competition and has already garnered much success in the art world. An avid traveler and cross-country explorer, Smith finds inspiration from trips he and his father have taken to Africa, Alaska, Utah, and dozens of national parks in between.


  • Smith, Daniel

    D Smith 2015Born 1954 in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Bigfork, Montana


    ONE OF AMERICA’S
    foremost wildlife artists, Daniel Smith enjoys wide acclaim for his depictions of the natural world. Born in Minnesota, he now resides in Bozeman, Montana, where the rugged peaks of the Gallatin Range are the only thing separating him from Yellowstone National Park. He is inspired by his surroundings. One of the most rewarding elements of his work is fieldwork, which is the genesis of all of his paintings. Smith is passionate about his subjects and travels frequently in search of artistic inspiration. His meticulous field research and insistence on directly observing the animals he paints are driven by a personal penchant to achieve greater authenticity.

    Smith’s interest in art at first led him to pursue a career as an illustrator, but even then he spent his evenings painting wildlife, his first love. After winning the 1987 Federal Duck Stamp competition, he abandoned illustration and has been painting wildlife ever since. He is noted for his use of muted lighting, soft colors, and mist to enhance and exaggerate depth.

    Because he feels indebted to the natural world that has been his sole inspiration, Smith uses his art to aid and endorse many conservation efforts. He has been chosen Artist of the Year by several conservation organizations.

  • Solano, Nathan

    Solano 2017Born 1950 in Dragerton, Utah; lives in Pueblo, Colorado

    UNLIKE MOST ARTISTS, Nathan Solano did not begin his painting career until he turned forty, and he did so with no formal art training. Solano briefly attended the University of Colorado before being drafted and spending a year in Vietnam as an infantry sergeant. He returned and worked in a steel mill, then as a roofer, then as a waiter and bartender until he was hired as an illustrator for an advertising agency. Solano eventually worked in Colorado and Florida as an illustrator and art director for several ad agencies. In 1989 he moved back to Colorado and began painting.

    Although Solano is widely known for his cowboy and Native American work, he paints a variety of subject matter.

  • Solliday, Tim

    Solliday 2017Born 1952 in Ottumwa, Iowa; lives in Altadena, California

    TIM SOLLIDAY has had a direct interest in the West and its history and mythology, and has been inspired by both landscapes and animals all his life. He was interested in art at a very early age and loved to draw all though his preteen years. Early on, he worked as an illustrator, a commercial artist, and in the motion picture industry. While working in commercial art, he was fortunate to find a traditional teacher to study under, Theodore N. Lukits, who taught in the Los Angeles area from the 1940s through the 1980s. In his late twenties Solliday turned his attention to a career as a fine artist, beginning that career as a plein air landscape painter. Most of his plein air landscapes were Western in character and feeling.

    A Southern California resident, Solliday loves the beautiful scenes and mild climate of the area. Recently, he has enjoyed great success painting American Indian and Western scenes. 

  • Thomas, Andy

    Thomas 2017

    Born 1957 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; lives in Carthage, Missouri

    ANDY THOMAS is a self-taught painter of historical and Western narratives. His work has been exhibited at the finest art shows and auctions including the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Quest for the West, The Russell, and March in Montana. His Western work is noted for the use of strong storytelling, action, and characters. Thomas has completed twenty-nine major paintings for the National Park Service Civil War Battlefields in Fort Donelson and Stones River, Tennessee, and Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He has also depicted many more Civil War works, primarily of the Trans-Mississippi theatre. His historical paintings are often used for book covers, magazine articles, historical textbooks, and documentary films. He has published two books of his artwork: The Artful Journey and The West in Action.

    Prior to 1991 Thomas was a staff vice president of marketing services for Leggett and Platt, Inc. He and his wife/manager, Dina, have made their sole income from art since 1991 while they raised their family of six children. They live in Carthage, Missouri, and are honored to be part of the world of art in America.

     
  • Walters, Curt

    Walters 2017Born 1950 in Las Cruces, New Mexico; lives in Sedona, Arizona

    THE GRAND CANYON is among Curt Walters’s favorite subjects. In fact, the title “King of the Canyon” was used to define his lifelong obsession with the canyon in an article in Art of the West. Its allure inspired him to move to Sedona, Arizona, in 1979, to be closer to it and other Southwestern subjects. Considered by many to be the greatest living Grand Canyon artist, Walters also works actively with Grand Canyon nonprofits to preserve the canyon by raising funds and awareness of the steadily degrading state of its environment.

    During the Eiteljorg’s 2016 exhibition The Grand Canyon, Walters was a featured speaker. Included in the exhibition were his painting Crystal Rain, which won the Buyers’ Choice Award at the 2014 Quest for the West, and a Conté drawing of García López de Cárdenas, the Spanish conquistador who was the first European to see the Grand Canyon in 1540.

    Growing up in a farming community in northern New Mexico was the foundation for Walters’s love of grand landscapes. In 1972, he began to exhibit in Taos, New Mexico, and lived there before moving to Sedona. Walters continues to devote himself to portraying the Western landscape in paintings infused with his great reverence for its massive and complex beauty. He also travels and paints the world and considers himself an American artist, not just a Western artist.

  • Wright, H. David

    Wright 2017Born 1942 in Rosine, Kentucky; lives in Gallatin, Tennessee

    BORN IN ROSINE, KENTUCKY and raised in Middle Tennessee, H. David Wright has been ever drawn to the awakening American frontier and the grand imprints of American history. Always set in studied landscapes that capture the fullness of topographic beauty and the richness of the local milieu, his paintings unfailingly reflect a love for country, history, and nature. Although his 50-plus years of painting include European and American training, it is in his studio and field research that his works become as distinguished as they are informing.

    David Wright and his wife, Jane, live in Tennessee.

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