An internationally-known illustrator and designer for thirty years, Dennis Ziemienski commits to his art full-time. His images borrow much of their inspiration from early twentieth-century paintings and posters. Ziemienski has been featured in Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and American Art Collector. His 2017 exhibitions include the Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT; the California Art Club 106th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West; Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona; Altamira Fine Art in both Scottsdale and Jackson; Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe; Sonoma Plein Air; and the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale. In March, 2017, the Tucson Museum of Art acquired one of his paintings for their permanent collection.
Originally from rural California, Kathy Wipfler came to Jackson, Wyoming, in 1979 to learn to paint en plein air. With the help of Greg McHuron, Hollis Williford, Skip Whitcomb, and Ned Jacob, her thirty-plus years of painting the landscape in all weather conditions have seasoned her view of the natural world and the purpose of laying a brush on canvas. Wipfler has spent hours riding with the “real deal” cowboys of Wyoming and watching the abundant wildlife of the area. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Kathy was awarded the “Bob Kuhn” Award at the 2015 Western Visions Show in Jackson, Wyoming.
Through his travels and outings, Jim Wilcox has created thousands of paintings that embody the Spirit of the West while still conveying its grandeur. His fine artistic style and compositional good sense have helped to make him one of the most recognized artists in Western art. In 2013, Wilcox received the Purchase Award at the Autry National Center Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. Previous awards include two Remington Awards and the Prix de West Award at the National Cowboy Museum, and the $50,000 top Award in the Arts for the Park’s competition.
Max was born in Ghent, Belgium and studied fine art at the Buam Show School of Art in London, England and did post graduate work in printmaking at the Slade School of Art at University College, also in London. In 1991 he collaborated with Portuguese artist Bartolomeo Dos Santos in designing the decoration on a new underground station in Lisbon, Portugal. A technique of etching on the lime stone was used for their designs. Two years later they completed a large panel for the Tokyo Nuyombashi underground station using the same technique. In 1997 Max move to Argentina to work on a series of paintings about Argentinian landscapes and rural scenes. In 2003 Max was commissioned by the regiment Household Cavalry of Queen Elizabeth II to paint she and the Duke of Edinburgh leading a parade in Whitehall in London, England. He now lives now in the United States.
Paul Waldum, a native of Livingston, Montana, developed an appreciation for nature as a boy while hiking and climbing mountains near his hometown. The memories of those adventures left lasting sketches in his mind. Waldum’s paintings have appeared at the Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming; the Yellowstone Art Museum Invitational, Billings, Montana; the Nicholaysen Art Museum Invitational, Casper, Wyoming; the Hockaday Museum of Art Invitational, Kalispell, Montana; the C.M. Russell Museum; and Settlers West Miniature Show, Tucson, Arizona. Waldum received the Wells Fargo Gold Award at the 2012 Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
Dustin Van Wechel has earned numerous distinctions including the 2015 Premier Platinum Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, the 2015 Bob Kuhn Award for Wildlife at the Masters of the American West Show, and the Wildlife Award and Teton Lodge Company Award at the 2006 Arts for the Parks. Dustin has been featured in Art of the West, Western Art Collector , Southwest Art, The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, and Drawing Magazine. His work has been exhibited nationally in one-man shows, group exhibitions and museums including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Autry National Center, the Booth Museum, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Michele’s award-winning artwork has shown in both group and solo gallery exhibitions, as well as regional, national and international juried exhibitions. Michele follows her passion to teach by conducting workshops and art demonstrations, and she has proven to be a popular juror. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. Most recently, Michele’s piece, “Golden Heart Park,” was acquired by Alaska Museum of the North for their permanent collection. Michele has been accepted into Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club, Women Artists of the West, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
Born and raised in rural Colorado, Michael Ome Untiedt maintains a studio in Denver. Traveling and painting worldwide, he has become known as a world painter who creates with a Westerner’s eye. Through the color, brush strokes, and the symbolic subject matter of his paintings, he attempts to examine the human predicament as reflected through deep connection to the landscape. Untiedt has participated in numerous shows including the Colorado Governor’s Invitational, Night of the Artists, The Russell, and Settler’s West Miniature Show. He received the 2005 Ralph Tuffy Berg Award at the C.M. Russell Auction.
A Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, Tyler works in soft pastel. He won the 2015 Best Painting at the Buffalo Bill Quick Draw and was honored with the 2012 People’s Choice Award. Recently winning 2015 Best of Show for pastel at the American Impressionist National Show, he also received the 2013 Award of Painting Excellence. He continues to earn recognition in national magazines for pastel, impressionism and Western art. Tyler’s works can be found in private and corporate collections, as well as in collections at the Booth and Brinton Museums.
Tthe artwork of Kathryn Mapes Turner has unfolded from the mountain valley of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As a daughter of the Northern Rockies, she was born as the fourth generation and raised on the Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park. With watercolors and oil paints, Turner responds with visual contemplations of beauty in hopes of sharing this love of the sublime with others through her work. She believes that the small beauties we encounter in life awakens something in all of us.
Turner’s work has won top honors from the American Impressionist Society, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition and the National Academy of Equine Art. Her work has been exhibited in the Buffalo Bill Cody Mueum, the Charlie Russell Museum, The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Brinton Museum, the Phippen Museum and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. She has been selected as this year’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Featured Artist.
Joshua Tobey expresses his passion for wildlife in a creative and personal way through his bronze sculptures, giving each one a distinct character and voice. His original patinas also contribute to the mood and visual texture of each piece. In recent years, the smooth surfaces and patinas of his bronzes have moved his work beyond the limits of Western art, bringing him recognition in the broader world of contemporary art. Tobey was honored as the featured artist at the prestigious 2014 Fall Arts Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is the first sculptor in the event’s thirty-year history to be honored. “Jackpot” was awarded the Montana Memorial Prize for outstanding work at the National Sculpture Society 81st Annual Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina in 2014. “Keeper of the Trust & Big Dog” was awarded Presidents Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award at the Gilcrease Museum in 2014.
Karmel Timmons’ continued admiration for horses and her ability to capture detail, texture, and mood with her pencil have been hallmarks of her professional career. Timmons is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists. She has won many awards and has been featured in many publications including Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Art of the West and Western Horseman.
Wyoming native D. Michael Thomas has been sculpting professionally since 1993. In 2015, his moument “Breakin’ Through” was placed on the north plaza at Rochelle Gateway Center of his alma mater, University of Wyoming. Thomas has won many awards including the Purchase Award at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show and the Wells Fargo Gold Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale. He has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art,and Art in Architecture. His home and studio are located in Buffalo, Wyoming.
Phil Starke began to show an interest in art from the time he lived in Germany as a young boy while his father was in the military. Inspired by the instructors at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Starke changed course from advertising and developed a passion for oil painting. Upon graduation, Starke decided to plunge into the profession of fine art. From the Midwest, West and Southwest, he has continued to be inspired by each season’s and region’s unique color palette and landscape. From landscape to figures, and plein-air to studio painting, Starke continues to find inspiration in his work. Choosing to share this passion and inspire others, he also teaches workshops, helping others develop their own individual talent.
Matt Smith moved to Arizona at an early age and later lived in France and Switzerland. In subsequent years, Smith painted in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Smith has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he has a deep attachment and respect for the Sonoran Desert. Smith graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. He has studied the styles of such landscape masters as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton, and Edgar Payne. Matt can be found painting en plein air from southern Arizona to the Canadian Rockies and from the California coastline to Colorado.
George D. Smith was born in Cody, Wyoming. He received a degree in architecture from Montana State University in Bozeman. After a successful stint in architecture, he began painting professionally in 1970. In 2011, George was selected as an Honored Artist for the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Smith is now considered one of the best painters in his field. Sportsmen nationwide collect his work because it is not only visually exciting, but also authentic, and it brings to bear his intimate knowledge of the sporting experience. Smith has been recognized for his work with the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Friends of NRA, Ruffed Grouse Society, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited. He divides his time between homes in northwest Montana and Louisiana.
Kyle Sims was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and graduated from Rocky Mountain college in Billings, Montana. Sims received Best of Show Award in 2009 at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, and the 2009 Prix de West Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittmann Wildlife Award. He currently exhibits in the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in California, where he won the Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award in 2013 and again in 2016. Other honors include Distinguished Young Artist Award from the Society of Animal Artists and the Wildlife Award from Arts for the Parks.
Tim Shinabarger is an award-winning American sculptor and painter, internationally-known for his portrayals of wildlife. Today, his works in bronze can be found in major museums and private collections including the Autry National Center’s Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. He is a four-time winner of the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award at the Prix de West, and has won additional awards from the National Sculpture Society, National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Society of Animal Artists. In 2016 and 2017, monumental sculptures of his were permanently placed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the C.M. Russell Museum.
Robert Seabeck paints the western lifestyle as one of many subjects he enjoys painting. Seabeck’s works are in the collections of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. In 2012, his one-man exhibit Scenes from Kenya was presented at the Bonnell Building in Loveland, Colorado. Bob’s work was included in the Center of the West exhibition at the Booth Museum, Cartersville, Georgia. In 2008, he won the William E. Weiss Purchase Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
Greg Scheibel has always felt a strong connection to the outdoors, and he has spent much time hiking, fishing, backpacking, and closely observing the remote locations and unspoiled beauty of the West, which is the main inspiration for his paintings. Scheibel paints on location as much as possible, trying to capture an honest record of the values, color, and feel of an area. The emotional connection to nature, which is the result of these field studies, is the foundation for all of his work.
Self-taught artist Dave Santillanes began painting shortly after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Graphic Design. During his first plein air excursion, he discovered that direct observation allowed for a more precise rendering of color, light and atmosphere. He says, “there’s no better way to get to really know a place than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. Dave’s awards include the Bronze Medal and Award of Excellence at consecutive Oil Painters of America National Shows, the Award of Distinction at the American Impressionist Society National Show, and Best of Show at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters 2013 Plein Air for the Park. His work has also been featured in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.
Animal sculptor Sherry Salari Sander is a Master Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and a member of the North American Sculpture Society and Allied Artists of America, among others. She has participated in many notable exhibitions including National Academy of Design, National Academy of Western Art, Artists of America, Gilcrease Museum Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale, and Prix de West. Her work is held in permanent collections at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, The Denver Zoo, and Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Loveland, Colorado.
Gary Lynn, being a story-teller, welcomes you into his canvas. His love of horses, rodeo and the beautiful landscape in which he resides has helped him hone a style of realism and impressionism. Garry Lynn is a third generation artist, whose major influence was his father, Joe Rader Roberts. At 14, Gary Lynn started winning art awards at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Since then, his talent has won him “Best of Show” and the “People’s Choice Award” on several occasions. He received the “Honorary Chairman Award” and “Best of Show” on the same painting at the C.M Russell Museum in 2009. Gary Lynn is also a member of the C.M. Russell Skull Society of Artists. His paintings have graced the cover of several magazines and hang in prestigious collections. Gary Lynn currently resides in Hamilton, Montana, with his wife Nancy and their two children, Mary and Anna.
- Legacy Gallery, Jackson, WY, Bozeman, MT, Scottsdale, AZ
Charles Ringer has worked with steel for more than forty years, finding it interesting to work with because it is hard and durable, yet flexible and forgiving. Ringer’s wind-driven sculptures can be found at the Park County Library in Cody, Wyoming; the Bozeman Sculpture Park; and at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. Ringer was included in an article about the Bozeman Sculpture Park. In 2015, Charles was the Signature Artist for The Red Lodge Art in the Beartooths; he was in Big Sky, Montana, for the Warren Miller Performance Art Show; and his 20-foot buffalo sculptures was installed at Billings’ Logan International Airport. In 2016, Charles lectured at the TedX in Billings, Montana – Being Creative with the Trial and Error Method.
Linda Raynolds grew up in a Foreign Service family and was exposed to art of many cultures. She studied sculpture with Sidney Simon at the Art Students League of New York and is founder of Stone Soup Studios, an artists’ facility in Cody, Wyoming. She is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation. She has two sculptures in the collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and has artwork in many private collections. Linda was the winner of the Premier Platinum Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in 2011.
Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate James Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen years of age with Trout: An Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Prosek’s work has been shown at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NY, Gerald Peters Gallery, NY and Santa Fe; the Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with solo exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, The Addison Gallery of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC among others. Prosek has written for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler. He co-founded a conservation initiative called World Trout in 2004 with Yvon Chouinard, the owner of Patagonia clothing company, which raises money for cold-water habitat conservation through the sale of T-shirts featuring trout paintings. His book Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish, published in September 2010 was a New York Times Book Review editor’s choice, and is the subject of a documentary for PBS series “Nature” that aired in 2013. He is currently working on a book about how we name and order the natural world and an article for National Geographic on the Sargasso Sea. His latest book (Ocean Fishes, Rizzoli, 2012) is a collection of paintings of 35 Atlantic fishes, all of which were painted life size based on individual specimens he traveled to see. In autumn of 2012 Prosek was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art from the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Prosek is a curatorial affiliate of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, and a member of the advisory board of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies.
Scenes of everyday life are among Heide Presse’s favorite subjects. While reading the journals of mid-1800’s overland emigrants, she was inspired to open a window into their courageous lives. Her love of history, textiles, and period clothing also play a huge role in the creation of her paintings. Heide has exhibited with the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Small Works-Great Wonders, and National Museum of Wildlife Art Western Visions, and has won eight awards in the National Arts for the Parks. In 2016, she received the Hockaday Museum Hilda Lee Hatlen Purchase Award and the Lucile Van Slyck Display Award. She received the Director’s Choice award at Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s “Cowgirl Up!” Heide currently lives in Tampa, Florida.
M.C. Poulsen was greatly inspired by the fine arts as a young boy when his mother would leave him at the Akron Art Institute while she worked at a nearby coffee shop. At age ten, Poulsen’s father bought a 15,500-acre dude ranch near Cody, Wyoming, where Poulsen took to ranching like an old hand. Once he tasted life in the West, he never went back to Ohio. Poulsen has participated in museum shows across the country and has painted portrait commissions for the Pentagon and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2008, he was Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
A Native of northern Wisconsin, John Potter grew up among the verdant forests and sparkling lakes of the great Northwoods. After graduating from Utah State University with degrees in illustration and painting in the early 1980s, Potter has made his living as a full-time artist. He was 2007 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, and was winner of the Robert Kuhn Award there in 2008. John’s work has been featured in Cowboys and Indians, Southwest Art, and Art of the West magazines.
A third generation Arizonan, Post grew up on a small ranch near Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. His favorite scenes are of the contemporary West where he grew up. Post received the Victor Higgins Award of Distinction at the 2012 Eiteljorg Museum Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, and the Gold Medal Award for Painting at the Phoenix Art Museum West Select exhibition.
Larry Pirnie was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, and graduated from Pratt Institute in 1963 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He spent fifteen years in the advertising industry and, in 1978, moved to western Montana to paint the West. He is known for his rich, bright, colorful interpretations of the West, and his preferred medium is acrylic on canvas.
Recognized as one of today’s foremost western sculptors, Vic Payne has been sculpting for 40 years. His passion and mission is to portray the historical nature and spirit of the American West through his sculptures. Payne’s work is collected worldwide and is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, municipalities, and corporate collections. He and his work have been featured in magazines such as Art of the West, Western Art Collector, and Southwest Art. In 2013, Vic was honored to win the Premier Platinum Award at the BBAS&S.
Dustin Payne is known for his western portrayal of history in bronze sculpture. With his traditional style, Payne encapsulates the feeling and detail of the western way of life. As a third-generation artist, he has been influenced by the historical nature of his father’s and grandfather’s work. Payne’s life-sized monument honoring the history of the Texas Rangers, “The Legend, The Lore, The Law” is installed at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Pearce Museum and the Raymond James Financial Investment Company.
A self-taught artist, Joel Ostlind was born and raised around Casper, Wyoming. After years of ranch work, he built a studio in Big Horn, Wyoming, and is now an observer of the West, giving his perspective on the region through etching, drawing, and painting. Ostlind was included in John T. Ordeman’s book, The American Sporting Print: 20th Century Etchers & Drypointists. Ostlind is now tied in a vote for being the best grandfather of a little guy in Jackson, Wyoming!
Big skies and open spaces have always fascinated Julie Oriet. Her enthusiasm for the West, as well as travels around the world, continue to inspire ideas for future paintings. She paints the subjects she has experienced and studied. Julie participates in numerous national and museum shows each year. Her work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Western Art and Architecture, and Travel Africa.
Ralph Oberg has lived his entire life in Colorado, New Mexico, and Montana. He applies his extensive outdoor experience to painting western landscape and wildlife. He received the 1988 William E. Weiss Purchase Award, the 1992 and 1996 Jurors’ Choice Awards, and the 2001 and 2002 Painting Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale. Oberg also received the Trustees’ Purchase Award at the 2012 National Museum of Wildlife Art Western Visions. He shows annually at the Prix de West and the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center. In addition, Ralph also won the Gold Medal for Painting at the California Art Club in 2014 and the Wells Fargo Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in 2015.
E. Denney NeVille earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. NeVille has worked as an illustrator, cartoonist, and in the animation industry. He received Best of Show in 1982 at the C.M. Russell Auction and was awarded Artists’ Choice Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in 1997 and 2005. NeVille was proud to be an Honored Artist in the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in 2011. A series of three large paintings displayed in the LDS Visitors Center in Cody, Wyoming, illustrate an event regarded as a miracle in the construction of the Sidon canal in the Big Horn Basin.
Blake Neubert was raised in Powell, Wyoming, but lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife, Sarah. He is a self-taught artist who credits his father, Clay Neubert, as his true inspiration. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and China. In 2004 Blake was the recipient of the Gilly Fales Fine Art Award for aspiring young artists given by the Fales family in honor of their daughter, Gilly. Blake attributes his success as an artist to winning this award. Neubert also runs an art therapy program in Colorado, working with youth and adults transitioning in and out of detention and treatment facilities.
Chris Navarro, from Casper, Wyoming, and Sedona, Arizona, has been sculpting professionally since 1986. Best known for his large monumental sculptures placed throughout the country (31 in all), Navarro created a 15-foot bronze of world champion bull rider Champion Lane Frost at Cheyenne Frontier Park and Where Champions Meet, a 15-foot saddle bronc rider, at the Greeley Independence Stampede. Navarro, a former bull and bronc rider, still competes in team roping. Other sculptures include a life-sized T-Rex for the Tate Museum in Casper, Wyoming, and a 16-foot bronze of the famous bucking horse Steamboat for the University of Wyoming. He was Honored Artist for the 2015 Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, and received a 2015 Wyoming Governor’s Art Award. Navarro believes family, horses, rodeo and art have been the driving passions of his life. ‘’I love what I do for a living and hope others can see that love through the work I’ve created.”
Dean Mitchell is known for his figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes. He is accomplished in watercolors as well as egg temperas, oils, and pastels. Mitchell is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell’s art hangs in corporate and museum collections across the country including the St. Louis Art Museum, Autry National Center, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Library of Congress. The recipient of over 600 awards, he received Gold and Silver Medals from the American Watercolor Society and the Loa Ruth Sprung Award from the National Watercolor Society. Dean won the Premier Platinum Award and the William E. Weiss Award, both awards from the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in 2013.
David Mensing grew up in Iowa surrounded by wide prairies and carefully groomed cornfields. He now lives in, Idaho, with his wife and three children. Mensing graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and his architectural background contributes to his compelling designs. David studied extensively with Rober Moore. Mensing’s work is in private and public collections across the globe. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the West and featured in numerous periodicals including American Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector. Recent national awards include finalist in the Southwest Art Award of Excellence in Icons of the West 2014 and a first place in the Art and Soul by a professional jury.
Krystii Melaine announced her decision to be an artist at age four and her passion for painting Western subjects brought her from Australia to Spokane, Washington. Awards including Patron’s Choice at Quest for the West and First Prize twice at Cowgirl Up! attest to the quality of her work. Melaine participates in the Eiteljorg Muesum Quest for the West Art Show & Sale, and the Autry National Center Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale among others, and her paintings are held in six museum collections. Melaine is a Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists.
Born and raised in southeastern Colorado, Gordon McConnell studied at Baylor University and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has lived in Billings, Montana, since 1982, and has painted his version of the Wild West for more than thirty years. Southwest Art, Western Art and Architecture, and Big Sky Journal have profiled him, and his works are in numerous collections including the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Art Museum of Missoula, the Yellowstone Art Museum, and the University of Wyoming Art Museum, where he had a solo exhibition in 2015.
David W. Mayer is a longtime member of the Oil Painters of America as well as a full “Artist Member” of the California Art Club founded in 1909. He is also a past member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters. An avid impressionist and plein air landscape painter, Mayer portrays the beauty of the Rocky Mountain West as well as the Southwest, California and the West Coast.
William Matthews’ professional career began in Los Angeles, designing album covers for Warner Brothers and Capitol Records. He lived in Europe from 1975 until 1980 and after he returned to the United Sates, he ran a graphic design studio in Colorado until 1990 when he dedicated himself full-time to painting. Matthews is best known for his portrayal of the working cowboy. The 1994 publication, Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews, chronicles a decade of the artist’s work devoted to this subject. Matthews won the Gold Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in 2011.
Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Upon graduation, he worked in the exhibits department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and later The Nature Conservancy, a national non-profit organization. He started his art studio, Curlew Castings in 1984. His works have been exhibited in one man shows across the country. He is a Master Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Walter is a regular participant at the Master of the American West Exhibition, Prix de West Invitational and Western Visions National Museum of Wildlife Art. He resides in Dickerson, MD with his wife, daughter, son and two Labradors.
Linda Lillegraven lives in Laramie, Wyoming. She won the Buffalo Bill Art Show’s William E. Weiss Purchase Award in 2003 and the Painting Award in both 2005 and 2008. She was the Arts for the Parks Grand Prize winner in 2000 and was an artist-in-residence at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in 2001. Her work was featured in Western Art Collector magazine in April, 2008. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, the Wyoming State Museum, the University of Nebraska, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Laurie J. Lee usually paints western themes—drawn, in part, from helping with local cattle drives, attending brandings, and generally living life out West. Her work has been featured in Western Horseman, Art-Talk, Equine Images, Art of the West, and other publications. In 2012, Lee received the Award of Excellence sponsored by Western Art Collector at Cowgirl Up! Invitational Exhibition & Sale at Desert Caballeros Western Museum. She received the Cameco Resources Purchase Award at Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale in 2012, and her piece was also selected as the Limited Edition Print.
Mark’s art has been exhibited and collected globally from such places as Christie’s in London, the National Geographic Society, National Museum of Natural History in Taipei, the National Museum of Wildlife art, and the Smithsonian Institute. Kelso has been inducted in the International Society of Animal Arts and Arts for Conservation organization and featured in numerous magazines including Fine Art Connoisseur, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and Art of the West. He currently works out of his studio near Indianapolis, IN and continues to travel extensively gathering experiences in the wild for inspiration.
T.D. Kelsey is a member emeritus of the Cowboy Artists of America, and a fellow member of the National Sculpture Society. He has works on permanent display at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, the Keindler Gallery, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions Museum, the Charles M. Russell Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Benson Park in Loveland, Colorado, Owensboro Museum of Art, St. Louis Zoo, the Elk City Old Town Museum, the Briscoe Museum, and two museums in Spain. A heroic piece was placed in Brookgreen Gardens last year and a 20 foot tall sculpture will be placed at an airport in New Mexico this fall.
Oreland C. Joe, Sr., is renowned throughout the world for his sculptures. His work is held in private, corporate, and museum collections. Joe is a native New Mexican and is of Dine’ (Navajo) and Ute descent. Studying European art and culture and seeing artistic works of the masters in Greek, Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque periods were life-changing experiences. Joe was the first Native American member of Cowboy Artists of America. Joe was commisioned to create monuments for the Ponca City Native American Foundation and the Southern Ute Tribe in Ignacio, CO and created a 9-foot bronze sculpture of a traditional dancer on display at the New Mexico State Capitol.
Raised under the big skies of Wyoming and Utah, Julie Jeppsen was educated by the world around her. She grew up with wildlife, mountain ranges, roundups, trail rides, rodeos, and wagon trains. Jeppsen still loves the adventure of the West. This passion brings her senses to the highest levels and is carried into her paintings. She currently competes in cowboy mounted shooting where the dress is period and the guns are .45 single action. Keeping a fresh sense of the West inspires her to paint more accurately and, like riding and shooting, keeps the competitive edge.
Raised in Vermont in the house built by his great-great-great Grandfather, Charlie Hunter is enamored of the vestiges of the Old West visible along back roads and railroad rights-of-way that he seeks out during annual painting and sketching forays. His work is in numerous private and museum collections, featured in several books, most notably Richard Schmid’s Alla Prima II and Landscapes in Oil, published in 2019 by the Monacelli Press. He made his BBAS debut in 2016, and would not miss it for the world.
Donna Howell-Sickles was born in 1949 in Gainesville, Texas, and raised on a 900 acre farm in Sivell’s Bend. In 1972 she earned her BFA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. During her junior year at Texas Tech University, she acquired an old postcard, circa 1935, depicting a cowgirl seated atop a horse. The vintage postcard read, “Greetings from a Real Cowgirl from the Ole Southwest.” Donna was instantly attracted by the charm and confidence of the woman in the image. She began incorporating the cowgirl into her art, as well as, collecting and researching these old-time cowgirl images. Before long, this Cowgirl icon became the central theme in the Contemporary-Western settings of Howell-Sickles mixed-media artwork.
Ann Hanson captures the heart and soul of the West in her paintings. She wants you to feel like you have been there and can reach out and grab the moment. Ann has participated in many prestigious national art shows and was recently awarded the Artist Choice Award at Cowgirl Up held at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. Her work was featured in the March, 2017, issue of Southwest Art Magazine.
Whitney splits her year between Bozeman, MT, and Scottsdale, AZ. She is fascinated by the natural world and seeks to incorporate the textures and emotions of her experiences exploring the mountains and desert into her work. In 2011, Whitney was selected by Southwest Art Magazine as one of “21 Under 31 Artists to Collect Now.” Her paintings are exhibited and collected throughout North America and have been featured in The Russell, the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, and the Coors Western Art Show Club.
Terry Cooke Hall’s creative influence began with her memories of frequent trips across the Southwest in the family station wagon during the 1960s. As early as the mid-70s, Terry’s passion for art led her to numerous courses and workshops in life drawing, graphic design and illustration, resulting in a long-term career as a graphic designer in Southern California. Terry’s style is a look at her West viewed through the lens of 30 years of work in design and illustration. Terry lives in Boseman, Montana, and participates in several national shows annually as well as galleries across the West.
Doug Hall has always lived in the hills and woods of Southwest Missouri. Growing up, he wanted to be a frontiersman. At age 15, he skipped school and talked his brother into driving him to Kentucky to buy his first flint lock musket. He says he has no recollection of a time when he did not paint. His mother fostered this talent and cultivated it by providing books, oil paints, canvas and always had an easel up in the house. Doug focuses his paintings on Eastern Woodland Indians. He paints at his Log Cabin Studio in Southwest Missouri, where he also rides his Missouri Fox Trotters. On Sundays, he hosts a black powder shoot at the range behind the studio.
Carol Hagan’s unique vision of painting in oil and cold wax on thick sheets of glass has emerged from years of experimenting with this medium and developing her Glass Horses series. “In this fast-paced age of pixelated, digital perfection and mass-production, I most enjoy losing myself in the quiet, methodical, imperfect, yet truly personal creative process of these Glass Horses.” Hagan’s pieces can be found in private and corporate collections across the United States and abroad. She has participated in numerous solo and group gallery shows as well as several prestigious museum shows.