Artists We Love

Jerry Crandall

jerry-crandall-western-historical-artistJerry Crandall feels personally obligated to portray the authentic Old West in his art.

“I’d much rather have my style of art criticized than have someone find a flaw in the historical aspect of the painting,” he admits.

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John Moyers

john-lance-of-the-cibolerosJohn Moyers couldn’t tell you when he first picked up a paintbrush, but he could tell you when he began his career as an artist.

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Fighting the Elements

art-of-true-westOctober 2001—Greg Polutanovich’s tent lies on the ground.

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Gary Zaboly

gary-zaboly_mountain-men_phil-collins_western-historical-illustratorMountain Men, unsettled land and lawless characters first kindled this artist’s desire to create credible illustrations that would preserve Old West history.

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The Russians are Coming

collecting-the-west“It’s strange that a little town like Taos, New Mexico, would get two artists from Russia,” said Frank Waters, an author who lived in Taos and knew both the artists.

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Bill Anton


“They’re all real folks,” says Bill Anton, referring to the cowboys and ranchers he depicts with his oils. Most of his work—if not all—evokes the traditional working cowboy on his trusted horse surrounded by mountains and the open sky.

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A Pictorial Historian

art-of-true-westGeorge Catlin’s paintings were predicted to “grow in importance with advancing years, and when the race of which they are the representation will have entirely disappeared, their value will be inestimable,” wrote Smithsonian Director Joseph Henry on December 13, 1873.

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Harley Brown

Western-art-harley-brown-oilHarley Brown is a man of many faces.

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Down to the Last Moccasin

art-of-true-westAlthough Gary Zaboly lives in the East, he asks us not to hold that against him, saying, “Frederic Remington was born in New York and died here, too, and his New Rochelle studio was less than seven miles northeast of my current residence (Riverdale, on the Hudson).”

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Roger Archibald

robert_archibald_western-artist“Is that pencil?” mocks Western artist and Arizona native Roger Archibald.

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The Buffalo Hunt

collecting-the-westFrancis Parkman wrote in his journal in 1846 that “Once among the buffalo, the hunter, unless long use has made him familiar with the situation, dashes forward in utter recklessness and self-abandonment. He thinks of nothing, cares for nothing but the game; his mind is stimulated to the highest pitch, yet intensely concentrated on one object".

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Thom Ross


“I had a cowboy who came to one of my shows and exclaimed, ‘This isn’t Western art!’” Thom Ross says.

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Phippen Art Museum

exhibiting-the-westArtists will find a place of honor at historic Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott, Arizona.

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Gary Ernest Smith

gary_ernest_smith_desert_solitude_painter_artist_art_westernGary Ernest Smith can often be found creating artworks in his Highland, Utah, studio, or out in the vast, open spaces.

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Sings in Color

true-west-artWith a Union Pacific mileage book in hand, Frank Tenney Johnson realized his dream to travel the West by rail.

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Hal Empie

artist_hal-empie_new-hand_western_arizona_painter_artBeing a native of Arizona has always been considered rare.

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The Unfinished Line

camelback evening“That line he puts on a canvas to start a painting is never finished,” wrote Donald J. Hagerty when he introduced the world to Phoenix, Arizona-based artist Ed Mell in his 1996 book, Beyond the Visible Terrain.

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Doomed to Be an Artist

kinstler"Looking back, I wasn’t so bad.

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Storyteller of the Native American

blessing-from-medicine-man-art-of-true-westHoward Terpning was in his 50s before becoming affectionately known as the “storyteller of the Native American,” an honor he holds close to his heart.

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Not Just a Dude’s Market Anymore

cover-imageA young teen, in the 1880s, heads west to Montana to try his hand at cowboying.

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From Wild Women to the Wild Plains

lesser-art-of-true-westInspired by 19th-century French military painters, such as Alphonse De Neuville and Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille, New York City artist Ron Lesser is primarily known for depicting the Civil War.

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