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From True West Magazine (Jan. 2009)

We now have a new use for the lights on the hood of your stove - directional lighting for the striking Western art murals made by TXLC.

The fun does not stop there! You can feature tile murals in your shower, on BBQ surrounds, on kitchen islands and even as an entryway. Our favorites are the Frank McCarthy murals that evoke the Old West stagecoach era.

Other popular Western tile choices include artworks by David Stoeklin, Terri Kelly Moyers, Jack Terry and Larry Fanning. Inspiration definitely struck the right people - metal artist Tammie Riggs and her daughter Tracie - that fateful day in a studio on Constellation Road in Wickenburg Arizona.

About Artist Doreman Burns

d-burnsDoreman Burns’ watercolor compositions of the American Cowgirl are a fusion of light and shadow, as well as his own imagination and reality, both past and present. His unusual use of the watercolor medium produces clean, sharp images, and brings his subject matter to life with vibrant color and design.

“I try to paint a figure that portrays the strong independent cowgirl spirit, while trying to grasp an accurate reflection of the western cowgirl culture. I stylize, emotionalize, and romanticize my cowgirls.”

As for the shaded eyes, Burns says, “This creates an intriguing mystique that draws you in, but protects the window to the soul.” The paintings are penetrating and personal, people identify with them. They have an attitude.

Living in historic Corrales, near the Sandia mountains of New Mexico, gives Burns a continuous source of inspiration for his present series, which he calls “Dancing with Cowgirls.”

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Burns attended Texas Tech. University. He has received recognition and awards from numerous organizations. Burns’ work is widely exhibited in public and private collections.

About Artist Antonio Contreras

Antonio Contreras is a native of Douglas, Arizona. He has loved art from the time he was a child and enjoys painting everything from still life and landscapes to portraits and anatomy. He also likes to work with a variety of media including as watercolor, charcoal, pastel and oil, which is his favorite medium.

About Artist Claire Goldrick

Oil painting captured Claire’s focus long before her teen years. Then, throughout high school she painted commissioned portraits of her classmates, for their parents, and earned money to pay the board bill on her horse.

Horses, dogs and other animals were the subject matter of numerous other commissioned paintings, as well. "I knew I wanted an art career when I visited galleries in Santa Fe and Taos as a child and I found my fulfillment at an early age creating art."

Claire was born in Washington, D.C.. in 1944 and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when her family moved west. She later studied informally with friends, Wilson Hurley and Arthur Sussman, while still in Albuquerque.

Then in 1989 she took a workshop from Roy Andersen. Having spent time horseback on friends’ ranches in New Mexico and Colorado, Claire gravitated naturally to western subject matter and landscapes.

She continues to exhibit her work in numerous shows throughout the U.S. For more than 25 years she made her home in the mountain town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, but now divides her time between Colorado and Texas. Claire has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Equine Images and the Appaloosa Journal.

About Artist Kathy Morrow

morrowKathy Morrow’s paintings on clayboard capture a mood somewhere between reality and myth.

Kathy draws inspiration from her own experiences and those of her people and animal friends, then integrates elements from Native American legends to create her striking compositions. The results are uniquely expressive, of her personal thoughts and feelings and the cultural heritage she learned while growing up on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona and the Pine Ridge Oglala Reservation in South Dakota.

The combination of rich color and graphic precision we find in her work is the result of a time consuming process. She brushes watercolor paints on clayboard, cuts line details into the clay surface with a knife, and then glazes the board with oil paints. The question of how long do the paintings take is a common one and Kathy’s answer is “weeks and weeks; months and months; but not years and years” )- The finely textured images invite the viewer to share equally in the artist’s recent experiences and treasures of her past.

Kathy has moved the medium of Clayboard (also called Scratchboard) beyond the traditional black and white into full color.

In 1990, her medium made another leap with the creation of kinetic paintings. Kinetic paintings are created from two originals paintings on Clayboard that are planned for each other to make a third image in the middle view. When passing by the painting it appears to change as your view point changes. See the view animation buttons on the kinetic pages for a better understanding and appreciation of these one of a kind originals. Come see the paintings in person at an art show and take one home. The calender above will keep you up to date. Or you can shop easily at home by using our website shopping carts.

Kathy Painted her first life size pony for Trail of Painted Ponies in 2001. Give Me Wings was followed in 2002 with another life size pony Horse Feathers (High Desert Horse Feathers). Both ponies were made into collectible figurines by Westland Giftware.

About Artist Terri Kelly Moyers

Terri Kelly Moyers says she cannot recall a time when she wanted to be anything other than an artist. Since she drew animals as a child, she had consistently directed most of her time and energy toward pursuing that goal, with her early studies at the Alberta College of Art.

Terri Kelly Moyers also believes she has been fortunate to be able to study with a number of fine artists, including Robert Lougheed, Bob Kuhn, Kenneth Riley and Howard Terpning. She also has studied with Ned Jacob, Clarence Tillenius and William Moyers, the noted cowboy artist who is her father-in-law.

From 1978 to 1982, Terri Kelly Moyers made many trips to the Okanagan Game Farm in Penticton, British Columbia, to paint animals from life with other artists from all over North America. It was there that she met John Moyers in 1979, a fellow artist who is now her husband. After their marriage, they continued to take annual trips to Canada to paint, as well as frequent painting expeditions around the West.

Like her husband, Terri Kelly Moyers is an ardent advocate of plein air painting. She is convinced that working out of doors directly from the scene is the finest means of growing as a painter, learning to see and interpret the ever-changing atmosphere and light. She says, “I put things down I think are beautiful and that move me. I want to share what I see with other people and help them have the same pleasure I have. Fifty artists could set up in front of the same scene, and they each would paint different pictures. Each person interprets and edits things in a different way, infusing his or her work with a different quality or emotion.”

A profile on Terri Kelly Moyers and her husband in Southwest Art said the couple has the same passionate desire to experience renewal in nature that Edward S. Curtis and Joseph Henry Sharp had. Married for more than two decades, they are now “well schooled mature artist in command of their medium. Their study and understanding of the lessons of the past have allowed them to apply their unique styles to their visions of the inner working of the natural world.”
Resource: Prix de West, Invitational Exhibition Catalog

About Artist Jack Sorenson

Attention to detail and a strong story line are the trademarks of Western artist Jack Sorenson.

Growing up in Texas on his father’s dude ranch and frontier town on the rim of the Palo Duro Canyon, Jack lived the scenes of the Wild West that he now paints, participating in mock gunfights and driving a stagecoach.

Later he moved on to breaking horses, which he continued to do after marrying his high school sweetheart, Jeanne, and while he began to paint more seriously.  “I’ve known all my life that I was going to be an artist,” he says. “It’s like a preacher being called–it’s what I’m supposed to do.”  After his first one-man show sold out, Jack opted for painting full time.

“I believe that great paintings should tell a story–they should involve the viewer,” Jack explains.  “Too much of Western art today is basically a cowboy or Indian rididng through a Western landscape.  We have the opportunity as artists to do so much more.”

Today Jack is one of Leanin’ Tree’s top-selling Western greeting card artists.  His images have also appeared nationally in connection with a wide variety of products, ranging from prints and puzzles to wallhangings, as well as on the cover of such magazines as Western Horseman, The Cattleman and Quarterhouse Journal.

About Artist David Stoecklein

stoecklein“The Spirit of the West has moved me, a guy from Pittsburgh, PA, ever since that day 32 years ago when I drove into Colorado and saw my first cowboy riding with his herd under the Rocky Mountains,” reflects David R. Stoecklein.

Stoecklein launched his photographic career taking lifestyle shots of skiing, fishing, hiking, and biking, landing assignments for companies such as Coca-Cola, Ski Magazine, L. L. Bean, Reebok, Timberland and Scientific Angler. It was not long, however, before he turned his lens to his neighbors on the great ranches of the West.

David’s fascination with the ranching heritage of the American West led him to befriend, and subsequently photograph, the men and women still breathing life into the mythical figure of the cowboy. Documenting today’s West quickly became his personal mission. David’s concern for preserving the traditions and beliefs of our country’s honest, hard-working cowboys and cowgirls gradually earned him their respect. With that respect came an open invitation to share in their lives, and the great responsibility to honor their trust. As put to David by the fifth generation Texas rancher, Tom Moorhouse, “the work you are doing is very important to us. You are preserving the West, which is my family and the families of my friends.”

David’s personal mission soon led to more assignment photography for companies including Chevrolet, Jeep, Marlboro, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, U.S. Tobacco, Ford, Remington, Wrangler, and Outdoor Photographer.

When not on assignment, David still spends his time shooting lifestyle and Western images for his personal projects. Stoecklein Photography houses an extensive stock collection encompassing both lifestyle and Western images, and supports a gallery of fine art prints and Western memorabilia in Ketchum, Idaho. Stoecklein Publishing produces an annual line of Western calendars and a series of Western coffee-table books that grows every year.

David Stoecklein resides in Idaho with his wife, Mary, and their three sons, Drew, Taylor, and Colby, where they split their time between their home in Sun Valley and their ranch in Mackay.

About Artist Jack Terry

terryJack’s maternal grandfather was a rancher and a cowboy who rode on some of the last great cattle drives out West. His paternal grandmother was a painter who vividly captured the people and landmarks of Texas. From his earliest childhood days, Jack Terry found himself immersed in the worlds of both cowboys and canvases. And from the age of three, he worked to perfect the talent that has made him one of America’s most honored Western artists.

Young Jack was just a toddler when he began drawing side-by-side with his grandmother while she painted. By the time he was nine, he had developed his own special style. “I did a still life of an old cow skull, a boot of my grandfather’s, and a Mexican serape, and entered it in the Scurry County Fair. I won a blue ribbon on it!” That became the first of more than 130 awards Jack Terry won by the age of 16 for his still lifes, landscapes and Western art.

Meanwhile Terry spent time with the ranchers and cowboys from his grandfather’s world, a habit he kept up throughout his formative years. Even after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, he took every opportunity to do day-work on various ranches in search of inspiration and new subject matter. While in college, Terry majored in journalism and minored in art. By the time he earned his degree, he already had paintings displayed in galleries throughout Texas.

Austin was quite the Western art center in the early 1970s, and Terry took full advantage of the opportunity to work with the great painters who spent time there. He credits Melvin Warren with helping him to perfect his understanding of both human and equine anatomy, and James Boren with assistance on perspective. Porfirio Salinas and Dalhart Windberg taught Terry about landscape painting, while Edouard Cortes fascinated the young artist with his methods of capturing light on canvas. Says Terry of his association with Cortes, “He painted Paris street scenes and I learned a great deal from his work. In fact, we showed in the same gallery in Austin. I’ve always been fascinated by the French use of light, reflection and shadow, which has influenced even my western art and techniques.”

Terry’s big break came at age 26 when he was named bicentennial Artist in Texas. That led to a one-man exhibit in the Texas Rotunda, and a commission to paint the late President Lyndon B. Johnson for publication on the Texas Bicentennial Calendar. In 1976, Terry opened the Cotten-Terry Gallery in Austin, which he ran until 1979. By that time, oilmen were short on money, and Terry’s cowboy paintings had become more difficult to sell. Ever resourceful, he drew upon his own observations and his eclectic training to add Victorian women subjects to his collection. They sold to a whole new audience of admirers, and soon Terry was back on top. Today his repertoire includes both the Western and cowboy art for which he’s best known, as well as landscapes, Victorian images and street scenes.

Many of Terry’s paintings are inspired by the places he has visited and people he has met. “A lot of my subjects are friends as well as various ranches that friends own. I still like to go out and ride and work cattle. We go on trail drives and round-ups, which provide the perfect opportunity to take lots of pictures. Then I paint my favorite scenes and feature my friends.”

One of Terry’s favorite paintings was inspired by one of the many stories passed on to him by his grandfather. The piece is entitled “If It Weren’t For Bad Luck,” painted in 1990. “It was based on a story that my grandfather told me when he was working cattle from the King Ranch and driving them up to Kansas at a time when Texas still had buffalo. During a big storm, they were coming over a hill – the cattle spooked the buffalo and there was a huge stampede – a story I recalled from an early age, which I later captured on canvas.”

In addition to his many successful one-man shows and associations with galleries, Terry opened his own Jack Terry Fine Art Publishing business in 1990 with his wife, Mary. Since then they have published more than 65 limited-edition prints on canvas and archival paper. Each canvas is individually hand-painted to add highlights and texture and to give them the look and feel of an original oil.

The Terrys travel extensively in search of new subjects for Jack’s paintings, and also to visit collectors and dealers in stores and galleries around the country. “I’ve met a lot of nice people that way,” Jack comments. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the individual store owners doing signings and making friends with our collectors. They are very serious about what they collect. They know what they like and I admire that. Most collectors appear to be passionate about the art.”

One of Terry’s admirers, six-time PRCA World Champion cowboy Larry Mahan is among those passionate collectors. As he says, “Terry captures the West the way it was and the way it should be. He is one of the finest artists of our day and a pretty good cowhand to boot. His horses, cowboys and landscapes are as good as it gets.”

In 1999, Jack wrote and illustrated his first book, “The Great Trail Ride”, a collection of inspirational short stories. “The Great Trail Ride” is currently in it’s ninth printing. That same year he also painted a series of sixteen paintings for “Child of the Promise”, a book by celebrated author Stormie Omartian.

In 2000, Jack wrote and illustrated his second and third books, “A Cowboy’s Faith” and “Reflections of a Horseman”. In addition, he illustrated a ladies book by author Dee Appel titled “Friend to Friend”. “Prayers Along the Trail” and “Wide Open Spaces” (Alaskan fishing trip) and “Good Ol’ Cowboy Stories."

Jack Terry’s paintings hang in prominent collections throughout the world including The King Ranch, Exxon-Mobil, actor Burt Reynolds, Dick Clark, country singer Travis Tritt, PGA Champion Hal Sutton, Governor Ann Richards, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and President George W. Bush.

Jack was the featured artist for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Exposition for four years in a row. He has also completed his third painting in a series for the Former Texas Ranger Foundation as a fund-raiser for their new History and Education Center in Kerrville.

Today, Jack and Mary Terry reside in Georgetown, Texas. Jack spends as much time as possible at his 250-acre ranch – which Terry calls his “little piece of heaven” – just north Georgetown, where they raise cattle, horses and exotic deer. “We live in the hill country, where we have horses and deer, including exotic deer from different countries – Chinese, African Black Buck, and deer from India. We have a lot of large oaks, pecan trees, springs, as well as good acorn crops – a deer’s favorite food,” explains Terry. A hard-working artist as well as part-time rancher, Terry has his morning chores done daily before 8:00 or 8:30 a.m., when he sits down to work in his studio.

Jack and Mary Terry have two married daughters and 5 young grandchildren residing near Georgetown and Dallas.

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