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Artist of the moment……Bill Hughes…

Bill Hughes was a wonderful painter of the American west born in 1932. The artist attended college at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio but left school after one year and a half.

The artist relocated to Cleveland and worked for Motor Trend magazine as an art director.

After this stint Hughes relocated to Sante Fe, New Mexico.

His wonderful sense of light was gained by spending hours and hours preparing different color combinations. Many landscape artists work in a plein air method, but Hughes painted many of his works by painting what he remembered, what he felt, from the comfort of his studio.

Bill Hughes passed away in 1992.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $20,000. The artist worked with watercolor and oils.

If you are lucky enough to be in Boulder, Colorado head to Gunbarrel about 5 miles away and visit the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Art where you may view some works by Bill Hughes. Some works are spectacular for their size some having sides longer than 6 feet. Very reminiscent of a Ed Hopper painting, in that you know what the picture is from across the other side of the room. The vision and detail just becomes sharper as you move closer to the work.


Artist of the moment…..Russ Vickers…..

Do you enjoy western movies as I do. Actually I enjoy all movies!  Russ Vickers gained national attention for his paintings of the Old West that were featured in the  movie Chisum featuring John Wayne. Below is the opening credits from the movie and we get an opportunity to see many works from with both far away and close views.

Price range information:  Lithographs can be found for a few hundred dollars to $2000. Vickers was primarily an oil painter, and a prolific one, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $33,000.

Russ Vickers  is my favorite when it comes to seeing breath taking works of art on very small scales. The artist worked on large pieces but if you ever see his works in person its amazing the detail and the great compositions that the artist used in rendering this small majestic jewels of art. Great design and composition by the artist painting small groups of cowboys and indians in the heart of the American Old West.

Vickers was born to a horse trader in Paris, Texas in the year 1923.

Worked as an illustrator in the aerospace industry for twenty years. He was based out of Los Angeles, California.

Vickers was part of the marines in World War II. He was also a combat artist in the Korean War.

Do you remember answering those ads for correspondence courses where you could learn to draw? I remember entering one by drawing a landscape. Vickers passed the Famous Artists School Correspondence Course and soon after finishing began showing his works in Sedona, Arizona.

I encourage you if you visit Denver to travel to Boulder, Colorado and visit the Leaning Tree Museum of Western Art where you can see three of the artists magnificent small small paintings. They are incredible for the detail found in the landscape and the people. At the musuem it says the artist tried to finish three of these smaller scale studies in one month in addition to his paid illustration duties.


The Museum is located in Gunbarrell and you can see such famous artists as Vickers,  Wilson Hurley, Bob Kuhn, Larry Fanning, and Joseph LaRusso. Below is a great painting by another artist featured at this gallery, Arnold Friberg. Friberg illustrated the Book of Mormon. His works are also incredible for the detail and variety of textures found in trees and even clothing and moccasins. Friberg was also known for a series featuring the Western Mounties.




Vickers passed away in 1997 at the age of 74 years old.