Well, it has been a busy couple of months back here in Ohio. My daughter moved into a new home and my 95 year old mother who lives on her own has agreed to some in home caregivers. Whoopee! It has taken a bit of painting time getting all this done, but it is time to head back to Wyoming. I have to make a short stop at the "Artist Ride" photo shoot in South Dakota on the way. It is by invitation only and an excellent opportunity to replenish my resources. We also get to meet new models and renew friendships with other western painters. Unfortunately I will not be out there soon enough for "Crow Fair" near the Apsaroka (Crow) Indian Reservation in Montana. I did do a few smaller pieces in the last two weeks. Portraits are always what I go back to when getting into my painting mode.
- LES LEFEVRE
- Photo circa 1947, I always wanted to be a cowboy! Whether working for a short time on the historic Hansen Ranch in Jackson Hole as a young man, just out of the service, to working the stock at the Jackson Rodeo, it nurtured in me a love of the American Cowboy. From my home in Dubois,Wyoming. I look forward each spring to roundup time with my good Friend, John Sides. On his 20,000 acre cattle ranch in South Dakota, each year we relive what ranchers and cowboys have done since cattle were introduced to the west. Little has changed in a hundred years and the experience and camaraderie is all cowboy. The period of 1820 to 1880 on the western plains was the most colorful in American history. Unfortunately, I was born too late to experience it first hand.