the ART of Cutting


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The following artists will be featured during The Art Of Cutting Art show that will take place during the Futurity!

Brian Asher
Wayne Baize
Duke Beardsley
Don Bell
Teal Blake
Buckeye Blake
Mary Ross Buchholz
Shawn Cameron
Tyler Crow
Steve Devenyns
Mikel Donahue
Kelly Graham
Bruce Greene
Donna Howell Sickles
TD Kelsey
Jan Mapes
Sharon Markwardt
Sharon McConnell
Virginia McLamb
Lisa Perry
Jason Rich
Tamara Ruiz
Jason Scull
Travis Stewart
Don Weller

 

Buckeye Blake
Buckeye Blake, born 1946, is an artist whose experience as a working cowboy gave him first-hand knowledge of Western subjects. His paintings exhibit a fanciful, graphic style mixed with a taste for pop culture interpretations of western figures, especially cowboy and cowgirl iconography. He approaches traditional themes with humor, strong sense of design, and a sunny palette, all of which give his work a lighthearted flavor.

Blake has said of his work that it combines “fine art with decorative style, the idea to create an era, a nostalgia, so the image can evoke memories of a simple time.” His work is a breath of fresh air conveying a glimpse into the West we love. Besides painting and sculpture, he has done silk scarves, album covers, furniture, dinnerware, clothing and travel canvas bags.

In 2012, Buckeye was named Artist of the Year at the Buffalo Bill Art Show, Cody, WY, where he also had a one man retrospective in 1993. Permanent Collections include the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 3M Museum, Denver Art Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, Wells Fargo, Harmsen Collection, and Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ. His monuments can be found at C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT; McBain Foundation, Woodside, CA; Kit Carson, Carson City, NV; and Reno Rodeo, Eno, NV.

Buckeye and his colorful pieces have been featured in Western Art & Architecture, Dallas Magazine, Western Horseman, Polo, Southwest Art, and Art of the West. He shows his work at Big Horn Gallery, Cody, WY and Tubac, AZ; Trailside Gallery, Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ; Prescott Museum, Prescott, AZ; American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, and Trailside Gallery.

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Shawn Cameron 
Shawn Cameron’s artwork reflects the ranch life she’s lived. She’s considered an accomplished professional in the arena of Western Art but her roots run deeper than most. Her ancestors traveled the Oregon Trail in an ox drawn covered wagon then drove 200 head of cattle south into Arizona. That began a ranching legacy that continues into the fifth generation.

Resource material is gathered while her family and friends live and work on ranches and is later reviewed for paintings. A building next to the horse pasture was remodeled into a studio where she utilizes light from a north window. She achieves harmonious color with a limited palette, using colors selected for the temperature and time of day.

Her work has been exhibited at the Prix de West and Small Works Great Wonders at the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK; the Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, AZ; The C.M. Russell Show and Sale at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT; Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, Texas; Heart of the West at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas; Great American Miniatures at Settler's West Gallery in Tucson, AZ and the Masters in Miniature at the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ. A few of her honors are from Cowgirl Up!; The Governor’s Choice Award and in 2007 the Artist’s Choice Award. She was Co-Featured Artist at the C.M. Russell Show in 2008. She’s been honored with magazine covers on American Cowboy, Western Horseman and Western Art Collector.

Her work can be seen in Trailside Gallery in Jackson, WY and Scottsdale, AZ.

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T.D. Kelsey
T. D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana. He rodeoed for many years in rough stock events and team roping. Following that T.D. trained and showed cutting horses for several years. He worked as a commercial pilot for United Airlines until 1979 when he resigned to devote full time to his art.

Kelsey's work is found in private and public collections worldwide. He is an emeritus member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and fellow member of the National Sculpture Society. He was honored with a rendezvous show at the Thomas Gilcrease Museum where he has work on permanent display, and a one man show at the 21 Club in New York. T.D. also has sculptures on permanent display at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions Museum, the C.M. Russell Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Owensboro Museum, St. Louis Zoo, the Thomas Gilcrease Museum, the Briscoe Museum and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

T.D. received the honor of having one of his sculptures chosen by the National Sculpture Society for the "Masterworks of American Sculpture 1875-1999" show, hosted by the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Several monumental pieces have been placed including works for both private companies and public facilities such as museums and zoos.

T.D.'s work is available in very limited editions. Both finished castings and works in progress can be seen in the studio-gallery at his ranch near Guthrie, Texas.

www.tdkelsey.com

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Sharon McConnell
Horses have always been a part of Sharon's life. There is just something about being around them that is good for a person's soul. The first thing she does in the morning is ride and then she is off to the studio.

Sharon has been in numerous art shows and exhibitions. She was the featured artist for Trappings of Texas in 2013, the first featured artist for the Sheena V. Foundation, and has done several commission pieces.

She is thankful for the talent God gave her and feels truly blessed to have studied with Chuck DeHaan and Mehl Lawson.

Sharon and her husband Ronnie live on their ranch outside of Dublin, Texas. they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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Mary Ross Buchholz
Mary Ross Buchholz is from a pioneering, ranching family heritage and those time-honored traditions and values are a tremendous part of her life today. Mary, her husband and three children live and ranch in rural west Texas near the town of Eldorado. For over 17 years, art has been Mary's devotion. She offers a glimpse of her daily ranch life using the most primitive of mediums, charcoal and graphite. It is the striking beauty of her pieces with softly rendered detail that captivates and intrigues her audience.

Mary is represented by InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX and Legacy Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ, Jackson, WY and Bozeman, MT. She has been featured in publications including the Western Horseman, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, America's Horse, Quarter Horse News, True West, Western Art & Architecture and Cowboys & Indians. Buchholz was recently selected as both a winner and finalist in the 2014 ARC Art Renewal Center competition.

Recent articles and books featuring Buchholz include:

  • Western Horseman—April 2014 Issue: Cover & Feature Article by Kate Bradley
  • Southwest Art—Jan. 2014 Issue: “Drawing on Experience” by Gussie Fauntleroy
  • Brushstrokes & Balladeers – 2013 Range Conservation Foundation & RANGE Magazine published by C.J. Hadley (winner of Wrangler Award from the Nat’l Cowboy Museum & Western Heritage Center)

"My art does not romanticize our way of life; it simply and honestly portrays the people, the animals, and the environment of the west. I hope my art conveys to the viewer the authenticity of our way of life."

Visit the website of Mary Ross Buchholz at www.maryrossbuchholz.com

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Steve Devenyns
Raised in Colorado, Steve Devenyns always enjoyed wildlife, the West and wide-open spaces. He is a horseman and outdoorsman who enjoys time in the mountains and working with fellow ranchers. After an automobile accident in 1974, Devenyns spent a long recuperation period discovering the layers of his creativity and began his career as an artist. Although primarily self taught, he has been influenced by many great painters including Tucker Smith, Jim Wilcox, Robert Tommey and most of all by Ray Swanson.

Steve Devenyns has been featured in many prestigious art magazines, including Art of the West, Southwest Art, U S Art, Inform Art and the Western Horseman as well as many others. He is a multiple Gold Medal Winner at the Phippen Memorial Art Show in Arizona and has been named Artist of the Year for several national organizations. In 2006, Devenyns won the People’s Choice Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show, and in 2010 won the Artist’s Choice Award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Wyoming. In 2012, he was the Featured Artist at the America’s Horse in Art Show at the AQHA Museum in Amarillo Texas, and an Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody Wyoming.

His other shows include the Quest for the West Show at the Eiteljorg Museum, the Western Visions Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Buffalo Bill Art Show at the Center of the West Museum and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show.

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Don Weller
As a boy Don Weller drew horses and cowboys when he wasn’t exploring with his horse. His passions were horses and art. He sold some cartoons to Western Horseman magazine, and roped calves in high school and college. He graduated from Washington State University and moved to Los Angeles where he spent decades doing graphic design and illustration. He did covers for Time Magazine, posters for the National Football League, and Hollywood Bowl, and created five stamps for the United States Post Office. He also taught art at UCLA and at the Art Center School.

When he realized he had seen all the cement and palm trees he could stand, Don and his family moved to Oakley, Utah, where Don creates western paintings and rides his cutting horses.

He has been profiled in several art magazines, and Western Horseman and is represented in ten galleries. Two books of his art are currently in print; Watercolor Cowboys, and Another Cowboy. He designed and photographed two books on cutting horses, one for the NCHA in 1998, and later Pride in the Dust written by Sally Harrison and Alan Gold.

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Jan Mapes
Ever since she was a girl visiting her grandparents’ ranch in Arkansas, Jan loved horses and the outdoors. Through high-school and college those passions grew and her best friends were some of God’s four-footed creatures. Naturally, they became the subjects that filled her sketchbooks. However, until she visited Santa Fe on her honeymoon she didn’t consider art as anything more than a hobby.

For over thirty years Jan has been immersed in the rural cultural of Colorado’s ranching community. With encouragement from her horse-trainer husband and an inquisitive mind, Jan developed her ability to express, first in clay and later in paint, the things that touched her heart.

Today her work travels from her studio in southeastern Colorado all across the United States. While her contract for the design of the National Cutting Horse Association’s trophy takes her sculpture around the globe. But whether painting or sculpting Jan’s goal is the same: “to capture the spirit and beauty of this earthly experience, and to encourage others to see, feel, enjoy, and appreciate it.”

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TAMARA RUIZ
Tamara Ruiz is a contemporary artist working in a number of mediums, primarily mixedmedia. She lives on a small farm in Nebraska with her husband Bob, five shelter dogs and a stray cat named Barney. Living in the Midwest her entire life - Missouri, Illinois,
Kansas, and now Nebraska - has impacted both the style and subject matter of her work.

Tamara works in two different, but related styles; mixed media collage featuring vintage photographs, and oil painting on a mixed media background. Her mixed media collages start with a background of vintage ephemera combined with modern aspects of paint and surface design. An enlarged vintage photograph comprises the focal element of the collages. Tamara’s oil paintings begin in a similar way, with a mixed media background, but then differ as the focal element is a bold, stylized oil painting of iconic western imagery. She constantly experiments with new techniques, but starts each work with the same focus on shape, composition and color.

Tamara's collection of original vintage photos provide the focal point for her mixed media collages. She creates her own story, or interpretation, of the featured vintage photo with the composition and design choices she makes. Layers of paper and paint - distressed with sandpaper throughout the process - allow her collage process to show  through. She says, "Many of the photos I use show people having a good time or expressing a sense of humor. I like that. I want people to smile when they look at my work. I want them to feel a connection with - or a curiosity about - the person in the photo. The expressions and nostalgic details of the photographed subjects, when
enlarged to 3 or 4 feet, make a big impact on the viewer. It saddens me that in 50 years there aren't going to be boxes of vintage photos and handwritten letters at estate salesfor someone to buy. Photos are kept on phones and computers today, and emails have
replaced handwritten letters."

Tamara currently has work in collections across the U.S. and also in Belgium, Norway and Singapore. In 2013, she had a month long, solo exhibition at the Nebraska Governor's Residence in Lincoln, Nebraska. Recently, Tamara exhibited in two well known western museum shows; Cowgirl Up! Exhibition and Sale at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, and The Russell: Exhibition and Sale at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. Throughout the year, Tamara’s work may be seen in juried and invitational gallery and museum shows, as well as online at www.tamararuiz.com .

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Mikel Donahue
Artist Mikel Donahue of Broken Arrow is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His colored pencil drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up to sun-down work on the ranch. What may seem as mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.  As described in a 2011 issue of Southwest Art magazine, "A pensive, almost dream-like sheen  emanates from most of Donahue's canvases, a result of both his informed approach toward his subject matter and his technical proficiency." A past career in commercial design helped Donahue perfect his sense of composition and understanding of the principles of design and form. His knowledge of the subject matter is aided by time spent on ranches, hundreds of photographs, and numerous sketches and field notes to remind him of certain moments.

Donahue, who was born and raised in Tulsa, was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. It was Donahue's maternal grandfather who exposed him to western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum and what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (now National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and the iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, as an adult, Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences with a life breeding quarter horses with his wife
Christie on their place outside Broken Arrow and an award-winning career in the arts.

In 2013, Donahue was awarded the prestigious John Steven Jones Purchase Award as well as First Place Drawing and New Entrant Awards for “ Shipping Day” at the Bosque Art Classic. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Academy of Western Artists' "Will Rogers Award" for Artist of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious "Premier Platinum Award" and the "William E. Weiss Purchase Award" at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. He has shown in the Prix de West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He has work in many private collections and museums and participates in several shows throughout the year. In 2009 he won the "Artists' Choice Award" at the Buffalo Bill Art Show; and, that same year he was the featured artist at the Americas Horse in Art Show and Sale at the American Quarter Horse Museum in Amarillo, TX. He has been featured in Art o f the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, American Cowboy, America's Horse , and The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal magazines.

Donahue is currently represented by Trailside Galleries, Altermann Galleries, and Settlers West Galleries. He has donated works to benefit the fundraising efforts of many organizations, including the American Quarter Horse Association and the WRCA Crisis Fund.

Visit www.mikeldonahue.com  to view Mikel’s art and show schedule.

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Sharon Markwardt
Sharon Markwardt has a degree in Fine Art, and as the daughter of an artist, has always created things. However, a major shift in her work occurred in 2006 when she began riding horses. Alone and injured after a bad fall, she managed to climb back on, and it gave her a new sense of courage and boldness. Sharon moved from watercolor to oils, her color perception altered, and the subject matter was suddenly colorful, Western and Equine.

"I'm only half-joking when I say my horse threw me into western art!", Sharon says with a laugh.

Since then, her career has blossomed. Tight cropping encourages the viewer to focus on the areas that fascinate the artist, who allows the subject matter to determine the format of the painting. Sharon's unusual color usage causes the same image to appear much more realistic when viewed from afar. "My colors are intense, but they are not arbitrary--I paint the colors I actually see, though I have to look very closely. I just pump them up so they are easier and more fun for everybody to see. Perhaps I am an interpreter, as artists tend to be, translating Nature to Art. Black-and-white makes great photography, but it's not a way I can live my life. Few things are absolute, in Art or Life; I'm a big believer in relativity. Each color is warm or cool, light or dark, only relative to those around it. EVERYTHING is relative."

Currently, the subjects Sharon enjoys exploring most are animals, especially those found on the ranch, and their relationships with each other and with us. She believes they have personalities, and seeks to expose that "soul". It is often reflected in the expressive eyes, which convey a rainbow of emotions. Animals share a closer connection with the living universe than do people with all their technology. Studying animals and bringing them to life on a canvas allows her to tap into that creative spirit and energy. Viewers pick up on the upbeat strength of the paintings, and comment that it makes them feel happy. Sharon feels very fortunate to be able to see her neighbor's Texas longhorns from her studio, and to have horses, dogs, and a miniature donkey on her own property. Her vet even introduced her to a nearby herd of bison, or buffalo, who also serve as subjects. With the recent acquisition of a second studio/home in Santa Fe, a whole new adventure has started!

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Travis Stewart  
Travis grew up in Clovis, California and fell in love with horses at a young age. Before he was ever able to ride one he resorted to drawing his favorite animal to live out his aspirations. His love of horses and the west eventually led him to a career as a cutting horse trainer. In 2010 he was sidelined by an accident with a horse, which gave him the opportunity to get back to one of his other passions, drawing. Overwhelmed by the support of his friends and family regarding his drawings he vowed to never give up on his pursuit to become an artist.

SSince then Travis has had the opportunity to work with the very well noted Cowboy Artists Bruce Greene and Martin Grelle. With some guidance from a couple of the best he continues to study and learn about oil painting and try to continually challenge his abilities.

Some of his accomplishments in his early art career include twice being awarded the Joe Beeler Scholarship to attend the Greene-Grelle Workshop in Clifton, TX. In 2014 he was voted Best Artist by Fort Worth Texas Magazine and his work was featured on the cover of the January 2015 issue. He received an Honorable Mention at Paint Waxahachie plein air competition in 2014 and third place for drawing at the 2014 Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale Art Show. Travis’ work can be found at Adobe Western Art in Fort Worth, TX or through him directly at tmstewartwesternart@gmail.com

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Teal Blake
Teal Blake was born in 1978 and grew up in Montana, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by ranching country. Growing up in his father’s studio looking at C.M. Russell paintings and reading Will James books inspired him to pick up a pencil and start capturing his own visions of cowboys and the American West.

Teal has been painting professionally since 2005, he was predestined to become, a western artist. Teal has always liked to show what makes the traditional West: cowboys not always clean shaven, shirts not always creased, and their horses’ manes not always long.

Teal’s love for the tradition of ranching and cowboying is unparalleled. Up before dawn gathering the cavvy, camping out on the wagon for weeks on end and playing cards with the crew during a rainstorm. Blake’s portrayal of ranch life and the handful of people keeping it alive is an authentic one. No models, no costumes, simply being fortunate enough to work and ride alongside his friends and muses; he is able to capture his material and inspiration first-hand.

In 2014 Teal’s labor, talent and accomplishments earned him an invitation into the renowned Cowboy Artists of America organization. He has also been honored with several awards, including the Joe Beeler CAA Foundation Award and 1st Place Watercolor at the Phippen Museum and has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Ranch & Reata and The Cowboy Way.

IIn 2011 Teal created “We Pointed Them North,” an art show held in Fort Worth, celebrating the memoirs of Teddy “Blue” Abbott. Teal’s work appeared on the cover of Big Bend Saddlery catalogue in 2012 and 2013. His painting “Morning Gather” was used for the cover of “Some Horses” by Thomas McGuane.

Teal, his wife Joncee and their son Luca currently reside in Saint Jo, Texas, on their ranch, The Double Diamond.

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Virginia McLamb
Virginia McLamb holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She is an 8th generation Florida native and grew up in a ranching and citrus family. Virginia has been competing in cutting for 30 years, is an NCHA judge and is married to NCHA trainer JB McLamb. She enjoys working in oil from her own photographs or those of friends. Most of her work over the years has been donated for charitable auctions. Virginia lives in Fort Worth and Stephenville, TX.

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Wayne Baize
Wayne Baize depicts the contemporary cowboy and gives honor to the cowboy way of life. He received the Western artist of the year Award from the Academy of Western Artists in 2000 and in 2004, he won the American Cowboy Culture Award for Western Art.

He was awarded the Cowboy Artists of America silver Medal for Drawing in 1997. In the 2013 Cowboy Artists of America Show, Wayne won the Traditional Cowboy Artists Association Award for his painting Managing Men, Land and Cattle.

BBeing a member of the Cowboy Artists of America has been the highest honor of his professional career. He was elected to membership in 1995 and served as vice president and director prior to becoming president of the organization in 2006-2007. He is once again a director in the CAA organization.

Wayne and his wife, Ellen live on their small ranch outside of Fort Davis, Texas where they raise registered Hereford cattle.

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