Posts Tagged ‘western genre’

Artist of the moment………Francis Blackbear Bosin


Francis Blackbear Bosin was a Native American artist born in Cyril, Oklahoma in the year 1921. Bosin was a painter, muralist,  and sculptor. His most famous sculpture is that of a Native American man giving a blessing to the sky. This sculpture is over 40 feet in height and is titled “Keeper of the Plains.” This image is number three from the top in the picture gallery.

Bosin had both Comanche/Kiowa in his background. The artist was given two scholarships for collegiate art studies, but turned them down due to his family obligations.

The artist was part of the United States Marine Corps and served in World War 2.

Blackbear Bosin is associated with the Surrealist movement.

Below a short clip from a documentary made on Francis Blackbear Bosin:

Francis Blackbear Bosin passed away in 1980.

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Artist of the moment……..Bill Schenck


Bill Schenck is a wonderful artist working with the cowboy and western theme in a Pop Art style. Schenck was born in 1947.

Schenck attended the Columbus School of Art and Design located in Columbus Ohio. Schenck went on to earn a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.


Having seen Bill Schenck’s art in person I was most amazed with the color. So brilliant I thought the artist had used acrylics or M. Graham Walnut oil paint. If you visit the Denver Art Museum make sure and seek out paintings by Schenck.

Schenck is a prolific printmaker and in this clip we view many of his serigraph prints:

Price range information: Originals in oils can be found for $5,000 up to $25,000. No pricing available on prints.

The artist works in oils and occasionally acrylics.

Below a link to the website of Bill Schenck. Here you may also see additional works and also three books he has published about his art:



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……..Buckeye Blake


Buckeye Blake and his family have been involved in the American West and its traditions for many generations. Buckeye Blake was born in the year 1946.  His grandfather was a horse breeder. Growing up Buckeye travelled the country on the rodeo tour.

Before honing his talent as a fine artist Blake had various jobs in the creative industry including sign painting and painting backgrounds and sets for the entertainment industry.

The artist when working on a piece might finish one in oils, one in watercolors, and one using just ink.

The artist and his wife have a lovely home which they enjoy sharing with animals.

Blake is based out of Texas and also like his grandfather is raising horses.

Blake has been very successful as a commercial artist, creating clothing, furniture, and posters.

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I enjoy looking at the more modern western painters like Buckeye Blake and Donna Howell-Sickles, both breathe new life and great compositions to the western genre.

Blake works as a painter and also a sculptor.


Artist of the moment……John Kittelston


John Kittelston is a wonderful western artist renown for his sculpture and leather works. Kippelston also paints and works with ceramics. John Henry Kippelston was born in Arlington, South Dakota in the year 1930. Kittelson is self taught as an artist and works in many mediums.

Kittelson began working in wood, but switched to bronze as it was a way to earn far more money and complete more works.

Kittelson lived for many years in Colorado and was one of the foremost artists working with leather and producing belts and horse saddles. The artist began earning money from his efforts at the young age of thirteen.

The artist sometimes buys a tree and lets it sit untouched for up to three years before beginning to work it.

Kittelson was made an initial member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

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What a versatile artist. I love his style of carving animals, they are very lifelike and animated.





Artist of the Moment……John Nieto

John Nieto is a contemporary American artist born in Denver, Colorado in the year 1936. Nieto works with the western genre. Rather than use subdued greys as you might find with Frederick Remington or Charlie Russell, Nieto employs bold color painting with acrylics.

In this clip we visit the Nieto art gallery. Its surely a family business and we meet many members of the Nieto family.

For his collegiate education Nieto attended Southern Methodist University located in Dallas, Texas.

Nieto has works in the collection of the Presidential Library.

Early in his career the artist also produced sculptures in bronze. Now he paints and also is a printmaker.

John Nieto is part of the Marine Corps Museum located in Washington D.C., and the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art.

Price range information: Prints range from $700 to $5,000. Originals in oils can reach as high as $20,000.

What great modern depictions of the “Old West.”


Artist of the moment…..Beverly “Bev” Doolittle

Bev Doolittle is a magnificent artist that I would call a mix of M.C. Escher and Bob Kuhn. Bev Doolittle was born in California in the year 1947. For her artistic education Doolittle attended the Art Center College of Design located in Los Angeles, California. She and her husband who was also a painter when the couple first started out, would travel the American Southwest both painting landscapes. Doolittle works mainly with watercolour. With the success of her career her husband gave up his quest of painting to concentrate on building his wife’s career. He was an integral part in marketing her talent.

Doolittle helps many charities and organizations through her art by illustrating books.

price range information; A few years ago I saw a piece sell for the high $200,000s. So many prints are available at various price ranges.

Doolittle has had a great successful career as an artist. She started off a wildlife and landscape painter traveling with her husband across the United States. Later she would come to add hidden faces and other images in her work with the traditional western genre painted landscape. Now well into her career and with a highly developed eye for where to hide certain items, some works contain as many as 17 different hidden portraits. If you were at all puzzled by where the hell Waldo was, this artist uses the same idea but in a more adult and very artistic way. I absolutely love her style.

In this clip a montage of works by Bev Doolittle.

A leading printmaker is the Greenwich Workshop. They handle many top artists including Howard Terpning, John Weiss, and of course Bev Doolittle. In this clip the artist breaks down a current print she is working on.

More images set to music:

When you do your next art project, try hiding something in your image in honor of Bev Doolittle!

Artist of the moment…..Arnold Friberg…

Arnold Friberg was one of the best illustrators and painters of the western genre in American history. Arnold Friberg was born December 21 in the year 1913 in Winnetka, Illinois.

Friberg was granted the opportunity to illustrate the Book of Mormon. In this clip we visit some of these works. Friberg was baptized into the Church of Latter Day Saints when he was eight years old.

In addition to painting many religious works, Friberg was also a well known historical painter. In this clip we visit one of Friberg’s most famous works, the Prayer at Valley Forge featuring President George Washington. The painting was completed in 1975.

In this clip see many works by Friberg over his long career.

Arnold Friberg was also renown for  a series he painted featuring the life of the Royal Mounties. This was at a time period when many of the top magazines were outdoor men’s lifestyle, so he was able to gain deal of attention for these works. The artist is the only American given honorary  membership to the Canadian Mounties, he completed more than 200 of these paintings over his career for the Northwest Paper Company. Here is a link to his estate’s website featuring some of these works.

Friberg was given a lifelong membership to the Royal Academy of Arts based out of London, England.

Friberg was well known in the illustration world and received a great deal of attention for a series of paintings featuring the epic film The Ten Commandments.

The artist was able to start earning money from art when he was still teenager by working for a local sign company.

For his collegiate studies Friberg attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1940 Friberg went to New York and studied under Harvey Dunn. Dunn was a great illustrator of group scenes much in the same manner as contemporary artist Morgan Weistling. Dunn was based on the eastern coast of the United States but used the west and primarily South Dakota as a basis for much of western themed work. Below is an example of Dunn’s artistic style.




Friberg left New York for San Francisco in 1948. He was able to establish himself quickly in the commercial art field by illustrating calendars. He also married. Shortly after it was recommended the couple move to a drier climate for his wife’s health. The couple chose Utah and Friberg was even a professor at the University of Utah.

Another great moment for the artist’s commercial career was when auto maker Chevrolet chose Friberg to illustrate great moments in college football.

Friberg also won commissions for the original Las Vegas casino the Golden Nugget. These were western themed paintings featuring saloons.

Price range information: The artist worked mainly in oils and they range from $10,000 to $60,000.

Was also commissioned to print HRH and Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

Friberg was a wonderful artist and I make sure and see some of his paintings at least once every couple of months. Its amazing the detail the artists includes in the clothing of the Native American Indian.