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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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I am excited about my latest painting called "Sisters" but first a little side trip. I just read "The Color of Night" about Frederic Remington's night paintings and I had to try one similar to his. It was very time consuming and I found it difficult. It did lead me to do a semi night time painting of the sisters which I am posting along with the night study. The night study is 11x14 and titled "Sounds from the Prairie". "Sisters" is 36"x24". What do you think?


  1. I think your noctural paintings turned out very well, Les. I did a moose painting some time ago in moonlight and it is difficult but well worth the time. Have you ever read any Frank Tenney Johnson? I think he was the best for night time paintings.
    Keep painting night time, Kay

    1. Kay,
      I have looked at a lot of Frank Tenney Johnson but have not read anything. I will have to research that some. L