Artists We Love

Bill Anton

Artists We Love

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“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.

Anton’s passion for plein air painting mirrors the ideals of frontier illustrators and other cowboy artists who produced work in the vast outdoors. His work is in the vein of Albert Bierstadt’s landscape sketches and George Catlin’s collection of American Indian paintings.

“They saw the importance of working in the field and had the skills to do it,” Anton says. “The flavor of a place has to be...

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