The Lady and The Cowboy
Almost all westerns are a story of a cowboy trying to find a real lady. The cowboy is a man from the East after the Civil War with a dream of getting a spread and a real lady... a lady from the East or South brought out here by her family. She now has to find the right man from those available on the wild frontier of the 1860's to 1880's. That is what The Lady and The Cowboy means to this Western Artist.
As I was painting this, I was thinking of the Willie Nelson song "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground".
Come along as the artist takes you and your sweetheart down a secluded country lane, for a snug and cozy camp fire get-together.
"I always liked old trucks when I was a kid. Here I have two of my favorites--a '50 Chevy and '53 Ford pickup."
12''x16'', oil on canvas
Private Confession at Old San Xavier
The teacher who really taught Richard to paint, Henri Milan, once said about his art restoration work at San Xavier Mission: "Richard, I hope I can paint my way into heaven."
24''x30'', acrylic on canvas
The Hacienda Gate
We all wish we had a secluded gateway to escape through every once in a while, with that special someone at your own private hideaway.
Steve McQueen as Junior Bonner
"I always wanted to paint a tribute to Steve, the Hollywood cowboy." Richard and Steve spent a lot of time together racing motorcycles in the California desert way back in the '70s.
Santa Catalina Drifter
"I often feel like I'm that drifter cowboy on his horse looking up at the Catalinas," says Richard.
Learnin' To Rope
Passing the rodeo skills on from father to son.
20''x20'', oil on canvas
PBR Bull Riding
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is an international organization based in Pueblo, Colorado. Riders attempt to stay on a bucking bull for eight seconds. There are 31 PBR events annually with the final event held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
20''x20'', oil on canvas
The horse plays an important role in Navajo culture. The white horse is associated with Bianca Peak in Colorado at the Eastern edge of Navajo country. "In this painting, I placed the white stallion in Monument Valley on the Navajo reservation in Northeastern Arizona."
"I did this painting as a tribute to my friend Jack Doerfler. Jack was a Shindler's List survivor. I started this painting of a white stallion as Jack's health began to fail, and finally his race was run. Now the painting is completed... and I like to think Jack is up there in the clouds running free."