“All of my inspiration and information comes directly from life.” T. Allen Lawson is drawn to the quieter side of life. Over time, he has developed a discipline of patiently observing and studying the often unnoticed rhythms and subtleties of his surroundings. In his paintings, he strives to build layers and textures with pigment to create the abstraction and nuanced depth he feels in nature and the world around him. Born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming, the American West is an integral part of him. Tim studied drawing and portraiture at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He furthered his formal studies attending the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. A lifelong student, his dedication to and love of his profession is always evolving as his interest and influences continue to challenge him. Tim has won numerous awards to include: the Donald Teague Award at the Prix de West in 2019, the Prix de West Purchase Award and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Artists’ Choice Award in 2017, the Directors’ Choice for Outstanding Landscape in 2016, and many more.
M. W. “Skip” Whitcomb, an accomplished plein air painter, draftsman and print maker, studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He is the two-time winner of both the Artists’ Choice Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, and the Red Smith Memorial Award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. Whitcomb has also won the Grand Prize in Pastel Journal’s International Competition.His paintings have been included in exhibitions organized by the National Academy of Design in New York City, the Gilcrease Museum of the Americas in Tulsa, OK, the Prix de West in Oklahoma City, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY among many others. He is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America and is represented by the Simpson-Gallagher Gallery in Cody, WY and the Wood River Fine Art in Ketchum, ID. He maintains a studio in Fort Collins, CO.
Ezra’s bold, distinctive style of painting wildlife reflects acute observation and knowledge of his subject and displays an intimate and emotional portrait quality and adept storytelling. Ezra states, ” The challenge I have for myself is to present the beauty and majesty of the animal world in dynamic form to help influence the preservation of our planet’s varied species through my art.” Ezra was the Featured Artist at The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in 2017. Ezra’s art is included in the permanent collections of The Booth Western Art Museum, The Rossignol Cultural Centre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and The Texas Rangers Historical Museum. Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art and Sporting Classics Magazine have published feature articles on Ezra and his art in 2017.
Margie Swift is primarily a still life painter. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she has been drawn to the American West. It is here that her art has been significantly influenced by the rich history of western art. Her studio is in Broomfield, CO.
Matthew has been studying art since childhood from his father, then formally at Utah State University, and continues to seek out opportunities to learn and grow as an artist. He loves traveling in search of new inspiration. Matthew won Best in Show at the Utah Arts Festival and also Best in Show at the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase both in 2017. He finds inspiration all around him and is constantly looking for scenes of beauty to capture through oil paint. Whether it’s a bustling city at night, a “retired” barn, or a serene landscape, his style merges traditional subjects with contemporary brushwork and expression.
Knighted by his Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Andreas of Austria, for his work in conservation, John is now known as Sir John Seerey-Lester. John has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Society of Animal Artists 2019, and the Simon Combes Award for Conservation in 2014, the Ring of Freedom Award – NRA. John is known as “The Godfather of Wildlife Art” and has also become the “Preeminent modern-day painter of Theodore Roosevelt.” John has work hanging in the White House and most major museums in the US and Great Britain. John has been the Master or Featured Artist for nearly every major wildlife show both in the US and UK, over the past 42 years.
For over a decade, I have been captivated by the mountain west’s landscape, animals and history. My aim is to capture some of the West’s spirit, strength and grace to share with others. My work harmonizes opposing forces. Traditional subject matter is presented in a modern way, balancing realism with abstraction. I have been a finalist for the past four years in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon and the Oil Painter’s of America National and Regional Juried Exhibitions. I was in the top 100 finalists in London’s BP Portrait Award in 2017.
David Jonason’s work is informed by the austere beauty of the American Southwest and the aesthetics of cubism and art deco. His love of desert landscapes began in childhood on family rock hunting trips to the Mojave and Anza Borrego deserts in California. Early in Jonason’s painting career he was drawn to the volumes of architecture and the angular shapes in cubism. Jonason considers his style to be a fusion of cubism and realism. He imbues these works with the heroic quality of skyscrapers and the clean graphic qualities of travel posters from the 20s & 30s.
Michael Blessing spent his formative years in rural Montana, surrounded by the land, the people, and the experiences that small town America provided. Having discovered an inclination toward figurative painting, he favors a candid view of his modern subjects. As a rule, Michael is drawn to strong compositions, vibrant color and bold lines. His figurative work and paintings of vintage Western nostalgia are widely appealing, often reminiscent of classic Americana and have an edgy quality that is both contemporary and timeless. Michael’s work has been featured in various publications, including Western Art & Architecture, Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly and Western Art Collector.
Brandon Bailey was born in 184 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Wildlife and western art have always come naturally to him. “Seeing animals and how they react in their natural environment is key in creating an interesting scene that is true to that subject,” he states. Growing up in Wyoming it is only fitting that he has an interest in western culture. His fascination with rodeo and the old west began during his youth and has continued throughout his life. Brandon rode bulls competitively an jokes, “I figured if I can ride a two-thousand pound wild farm animal, there is nothing I cannot a least try to do!”
Greg Woodard, from Prescott, AZ, is largely self-taught. He began carving decoys and went on to become a five time Best of Show winner at the Ward World Competition. He captured the World Competition with his interpretive sculpture of birds. Greg is a master falconer and has a deep passion for understanding the raptors he studies. He carries the love and knowledge from these powerful birds into his work. Another important feature of Woodard’s work is the railroad track theme, which symbolizes the cultural impact of the opening of the American West.
Jim Bortz has a cut a rugged trail to this point in his career as a painter. A sportsman at heart, Jim’s hard-won experience introduces a level of authenticity to his work not often found in the wildlife art world. The believability of Jim’s paintings is built squarely on a foundation of solid draftsmanship….a skill developed through years of filling sketchbooks. This skill translates to a pleasing level of accuracy in the bold impressionistic painting style. An avid fly fisherman, Jim is quickly becoming known as one of the countries top trout artists.
Kathryn has developed a keen eye for the landscape and nature. She wandered the Utah countryside on her horse until her early twenties. She studied with artists in the Salt Lake City area on a continuous basis for approximately 20 years and continues to study books on color and landscape painting including Plein Air California Painters, Taos painters, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape painting and the Russian masters, favoring Vasily Polenov. She also continues to be influenced by other gifted artists including Edgar Payne, Clyde Aspevig, Scott Christensen, Hanson Puthuff, James Reynolds, Matt Smith and Ray Roberts. Kathryn started out by painting familiar rural landscapes of her childhood, but curious about new subject matter, she began to make road trips to Southern Utah, becoming more and more enthralled with the powerful red rock formations. Her work is very much her own not really echoing the styles of any of the painters with whom she has studied. Although her red rock paintings remain among her most coveted compositions, collectors seem to respond positively to any subject she paints.
Born in Edina, Minnesota and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Smith has spent thirty-four years surrounded by the incredible wonders of the western wildlife. His is no stranger to fine art as he is the son of famous artist, Daniel Smith. Yet, make no mistake, this young artist sets himself apart from eh competition and has gained much success in the world of art. Adam is an avid traveler and fins inspiration from many trips with his father such as Africa, Alaska, Utah, and dozens of national parks in between. Some of his recent recognition the 2015 People’s Choice Award at Western Vision, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2016 Henry Farny award Best Painting at the Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum, and most recently 2017 Cynthia Post Buyers Choice award from the Small Works Great Wonders at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City.
LaQuincey is a figurative sculptor who lives and works in Oklahoma. Several institutions in Oklahoma have commissioned him for projects including: life-size bronze of past president James R. Scales for Oklahoma Baptist University, a portrait of Eugene Adkins for the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones , Jr. Museum of Art; a bust of Native American Chief Black Kettle for Southwestern Oklahoma State University; a bust of Grover Cleveland for the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Oklahoma. He was awarded the Paseo FEAST grant and was selected to the 84th national Sculpture Society Awards Exhibition. This is his first year in the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale.
Red Star is a Native American artist; born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana. Kevin was one of 160 students chosen on scholarship to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. He then received a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. Red Star is considered a visual historian and ambassador for this Native Crow culture. In 1997, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. His most recent honor was in January, 2018 at the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West exhibition and sale where he won the James R. Parks Trustee Purchase Award for “Strikes the Enemy.”
Santiago was born near Buenos Aires, Argentina. His artistic ability presented itself early in life, following the influence of his grandfather who would sit and draw horses with him. Michalek owned a business restoring vintage Volkswagen bugs and buses, fascinated by the emotional attachment and nostalgia that we often place on vintage things. His current work as a painter creates connections with people over stories and experiences. His paint and canvas revive the narratives that exist under rusted metal frames and worn out engines. He resides with his wife and their three budding artists in Highland, UT.
Jeff C. Legg was born in 1959 in Joplin, Missouri. By the age of 12, he was an apprentice to a well-known regional artist and college art professor. This relationship laid the foundation for his painting and drawing skills. He went on to study at Atelier Lack and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
His luminous oils are often described as “Masterful” and are highly sought after in America and abroad. Among his notable collectors are astronaut Neil Armstrong, Hall of fame great George Brett, former Kansas Governor Bill Graves, UMB Bank and others.
Mr. Legg is recognized as a Master Signature member by the prestigious Oil Painters of America. His work has established national recognition and garnered numerous awards including the coveted Gold Medal at the OPA national exhibition.
In the stillness of his wildlife paintings, Ron Kingswood captures that subtle, tranquil sensation familiar to avid campers, early-morning hikers and anyone seeking an escape from the chaotic world dictated by technology. Of course, Kingswood himself is no stranger to such a feeling. His Life as a hunter and residence in Southwestern Ontario have provided ample first-hand contact with the wildlife he recreates on canvas. Only one who has spent a life immersed in such an environment could reproduce the immensely personal feeling experienced while out in nature. These interactions with the natural landscape and its inhabitants can be traced back to Kingwood’s times with his family. “It started early for me, going out with my uncles and father on hunting trips. When ruminating on these events, the act of carrying the birds or mammals for them was an important time for my early development and growth. It gave me an opportunity to study their catch in the hand.”
Tony Hochstetler is a sculptor of animals, more particularly a sculptor of reptile, amphibians, insects, birds, and marine life. He is a member of and has won various awards from the Society of Animal Artists, the National Sculpture Society, and Northwest Rendezvous. Most recently his work has been exhibited at the Gilcrease Museum, and he was a featured artist at the Northwest Rendezvous, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the National Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society’s Masterworks of American Sculpture, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Shelia Cottrell says, “I enjoy painting anything to do with the west, past and present, but especially love illustrating the tales of pioneering adventures my family experienced.” The Wells family traveled by covered wagon train in the early 1900s to Arizona. Their early Arizona adventures inspire many of her paintings. A recent career highlight was being featured in many magazines and shows. She’s exhibited in the Cowgirl Up! shows for 12 years and has been awarded both the People’s Choice Award and the Governor’s Choice Award twice each.
Julie Chapman grew up as a horse-obsessed child who drew equines monomaniacally out of unrequited love and as an adult she has ridden in eventing, dressage, and reining. Her imagery is a contemporary take on the wildlife and horses of the modern American west. Her work features visually dramatic subjects in an abstract setting. Her work is in museums, collections, and exhibitions across the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe.
Focusing on animals as subject matter, Gerald Balciar works in both bronze and stone. He prefers to portray the gentle side of nature in his sculptures. His repertoire of work ranges from small to monumental installations. A native of northern Wisconsin, he learned what he knows from nature. In 1995 he carved a 18′ 16,000 pound marble cougar, “Canyon Princess”, from a single piece of marble which is installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. He is involved in all facets of crating bronzes from mold making, pouring waxes, welding, and patinas.
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.
Karen Vance’s art career includes thirteen years as a graphic designer/illustrator and thirty-two years creating fine art professionally. Her awards include the William E. Weiss Purchase Award, Best Painting, and People’s Choice at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale; People’s Choice and Arlene H. Fay Award at the C.M. Russell Auction; Best of Show at the Colorado Governor’s Invitational, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and Nomades Del Arte; and the Award of Excellence from Women Artists of the West. Vance is a Master Signature Member of American Women Artists and Plein Air Painters of Colorado and is an Emeritus Signature Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
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.
Sandy Scott trained at the Kansas City Art Institute and worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry before turning her attention to etching and printmaking in the 1970s and to sculpture in the 1980s. Born in Iowa, she now maintains studios in Wyoming, Colorado, and Canada, surrounded by mountains, lakes, and streams. Scott is an avid outdoorswoman, and she loves to hunt and fish. Of her work, she says, “The most profound realization of my life is that there are people I have never met who live with my art. Therefore, I share with them a personal, if not intimate, relationship.”
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.
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.
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.
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.