What History Taught Me

Mike Scovel, "Doodler"

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I fell in love with the West when I first heard Gabby Hayes sing “Snag-Tooth Sal.”

When it comes to Western Art I am inspired by small historic towns. Ritzville Hide Chasers is one of my favorites so far out of my “Historic Downtown” series. I did three paintings for the little town in Washington State before I ever went there. The folks there are awesome. You may go there a stranger, but you definitely leave feeling like family.

I knew I’d be good once I got over my fear of synthetic brushes.

Wish I had a dollar for every time my artwork made someone laugh.

My biggest influence has been hands down, my wife Dusti—maybe not my first influence but definitely the biggest. Besides being my soul mate, she’s also my manager, PR person, mother to a herd of kids and the CEO of a medical clinic here in New Mexico.

Being right across from Billy the Kid’s grave has given me a whole different outlook on landscaping.

I love this part of New Mexico because of the climate, the people, the sunsets and the cloud formations.

Nobody told me I couldn’t whistle while I work.

The good Lord and Wilson Hurley are the only two entities who truly know what they’re doing with clouds . . . the rest of us artists just...

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