Posts Tagged ‘american west’

Artist of the moment…….Nancy Cawdrey


Nancy Cawdrey is a wonderful artist who works with the floral and American West genre. Nancy Cawdrey was born in 1948. Her father was a military officer and growing up she was able to experience many different cultures. For her artistic education Cawdrey studied abroad in Paris, France and also in London, England.

Cawdrey is based out of Bigfork, Montana.

Here we visit the artist at her home in Montana. The artist credits Montana for her inspiration and she often will paint in plein air in the Big Sky Country:

The artist’s work looks different than many of her peers working in the same genre, the artist works with the Asian technique painting with dye on silk and mixing colors on the painting surface. Though she is renown for her dye works, Cawdrey also paints in oils and watercolor.

Cawdrey emphasizes color and texture patterns in her work.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view Nancy Cawdrey at work on painting of bear:

A link to the website of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey:

I enjoy the style of this artist. She brings new life to a centuries old genre. By mixing colors on her painting surface she is able to use color in areas such as the fur of animals or water reflections.




Artist of the moment……..Herman Hansen


Herman Hansen was the father of the previous artist, Armin Hansen. Herman Hansen was born in Dithmarschen, Germany in the year 1854.

As a youngster the artist was encouraged by his parents to draw and paint. Hansen’s father was a draftsman.  When Hansen reached the age of 16 years old, his family allowed him to study with a famous artist who was renown for his military scene paintings. This would help the artist the rest of his life as he was able to produce wonderful compositions that showed the light and hope of the Great American West.

Hansen also studied in England for brief period of time. The artist came to the United States and attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.

Herman Hansen passed away in 1924.

If you this artist and his compositions be sure and review artists Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Russ Vickers, and Howard Terpning. All of these artists were great at depicting scenes that had many figures. These include wagon train parties or a smaller group of people moving by horseback.

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000. Hansen worked mainly in oils and watercolor.

Great to see three generations of professional working artists!



Artist of the moment……Armin Hansen


The next two posts we will be studying a father and son painting team, the Hansen family. This post will be about Armin Hansen, the son of Herman Hansen who was  renown for his paintings of the American West. Hansen is associated with the Impressionist style.

Armin Hansen was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1886. His father Herman Hansen gave his son many lessons on drawing and painting.

For his collegiate education Armin Hansen attended what is now the San Francisco Academy of Art. The artist also studied in Germany.

Armin Hansen also taught at the University of California at Berkeley.

Hansen enjoyed painting the waves and surf he saw at the coast line of Monterey, California. He also enjoyed painting the fisherman and many of his best works include fisherman going out on rough and tough waters.

Armin Hansen passed away in 1957.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $400,000. Hansen worked in oils, watercolors, crayon, and was an avid printmaker.




Artist of the moment…..Tony Eubanks


Tony Eubanks is an American painter renowned for his work with the Western genre. Tony Eubanks was born in Texas in the year 1939. For his artistic education Eubanks earned a bachelors of fine art degree from North Texas State University.

Eubanks has been part of the prestigious Prix de West Show of Western Art.

The artist works mainly in oils.



Eubanks has spent many decades as an illustrator.

The artist is based out of Clifton, Texas.

price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $20,000.


A link to the website of  Tony Eubanks:

What a great painter of the American West. Some of my favorites of this genre include C.M.R. Russell, Frederic Remington, Clyde Aspevig, and Howard Terpning.


Artist of the moment…….Robert A. Daughters


Robert A. Daughters was a wonderful painter in the style of American Impressionists. Robert Daughters was born in the year 1926. In addition to painting great landscapes of the Southwest, the artist also created portraits and still lifes of the wonderful flowers seen in the area.

After high school the artist spent a tour of duty in the military.  After his tour finished Daughters enrolled at the Kansas City School of Art and Design.

From the 1970s until he passed away Daughters was based out of New Mexico.

Daughters passed away in 2013.

Daughters had a great sense of color. I also enjoy his application of paint because his paintings at a quick glance, look like a great print. This shows a great sense of design and use of light and dark shapes.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.


Artist of the moment…..William Hays Junior and Senior

William Hays Senior was born in New York City in the year 1830. William Hays painted landscapes, still lifes, and animals in a realistic manner. Though he did make trips to foreign countries and to the Western parts of the United States at the time, Montana and the Dakotas, William Hays was based out of New York City and spent much of his time in his studio.

Animals were his favorite subject and in particular the American Buffalo. This artist is one of the premiere artists that tried to capture the United States western region before the white settlers came.

Price range information : Works range from $8,000 to $70,000.

William Hays Senior passed away in 1875.

William Hays Junior was like his father a great painter of animals. The son enjoyed painting dogs. Willliam Hays Junior was born in 1872.

The artist passed away in 1934.

price range information : Works range from $3,000 to $20,000. The artist worked in oils and graphite.

What a great family of artists! Like many of the artists families here be it the Wyeths, the Nyanhongo’s, or the Yoshidas, I am fascinated by the subject matter that is common between the artists. For instance Antoine Blanchard, its great to see the landscapes his daughters painted of the  same subject. Its great to see that the son had a great love of painting animals, something he probably inherited from his father.