2015 American Artists Professional League 87th Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY
Kathryn Thayer Hobson Memorial Award
1994 1st Place in Sculpture Paramount Invitation Art Show, Paramount, CA
27¼” x 11½” x 8″
Limited Edition of 20 Bronze
Let Curt tell you about this piece!
On the ranch, good hands are made, whether male of female. The life of the buckaroo is not that of just a simple keeper of cows. It is a life that is strenuous, hard, challenging, and like no other in the world. For those that love it, the traditions and lifestyle they lead is of great import. It is not restricted to men, however, and this piece speaks to and about the women of the West.
There is great pride in being a buckaroo. It is carrying on the traditions of your family, of the West, and of the great horsemen of the past. There is great humility as well, for it is very few who get to live where the land is still open, where there is still the quiet of hearing nothing but the wind, and seeing the vastness of the stars overhead.
This buckaroo is up early. The sun is just beginning to rise over the high desert of Nevada. The rich yellows and blues of a sky in which the sun is just breaking the horizon make this day seem alive with possibility. The coolness of the morning will soon give way to an increasingly hot day. The sound of horses snorting, spurs jingling, ropes being shook out to catch the mount for the morning can be heard.
While all buckaroo, this young woman is also all feminine. The hearts on her chinks attest to her softer side. She pulls on her gloves, getting ready to start the day, “Carrying on the Tradition”.