Tom Lucas- Painter and Native American Reproductions
It is said that art is a statement of a current time and place. My art takes me to a past time and place, one filled with artifacts and history. Telling stories with my oils is an emotional journey that is a direct reflection of my life experiences. My desire to be a western artist stems from my lifestyle as a cowboy artifacts and have acquired an unmatched working knowledge of the actual methods of ancestral tool making. These items and their history are subjects in my still-life paintings and the compositions are arranged as if I am telling a story.
Gary Keimig – Painter
Gary’s art reflects his interest and love of the Rocky Mountain West, its landscapes, and its wildlife. He is particularly interested in wild places. In light and texture and how these ingredients affect objects in their environment. He is challenged by the minute, often overpassed, niches in the outdoors and in creating a pleasing realistic design that can be incorporated into a painting. He is touched by both the awesomeness and simple spirit of nature and considers his work successful when the viewer is equally touched and, in return, catches a glimpse of that enduring spirit of wilderness and meaning within themselves.
D. Michael Thomas – Sculptor
D. Michael Thomas, a Wyoming native, has been sculpting for over 30 years. Having grown up working on cattle ranches in remote western Wyoming and alongside some real old timers, he feels lucky to have heard some of their stories, wit, and sense of humor. So, it’s natural for Mike to possess a love of the west and its rich history. Raised in an artistic family he grew up with such heroes as Will James and Charles Russell just to mention a couple.
Thomas graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1977 with a degree in Animal Science and Pre-veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Thomas worked in the Agri-business field as both a Loan Officer and Manager of a Feed and Ranch Supply business for 16 years before turning to his art full time in 1993. That year he completed a monument depicting both sides of the infamous “Johnson County Cattle War” which stands near the First National Bank of Buffalo, Wyoming.
Deb Robinett – Photography/Postcards
Living at the head of Wyoming’s Dunoir Valley on a working cattle ranch, Deb Robinett is witness to sights few of us can image, let alone experience. The glimpses she captures as the shutter closes are insights, precious in their content, to the eyes, to the emotions, to the soul, western glimpses of the lifestyle and surroundings of Deb Robinett. From the delicate play on light glistening on the wings of a butterfly to the raw power of the grizzly bear, Ms. Robinett’s camera records the majestic sometimes comical, snippets of nature. Her subjects range from wildlife and the breathtaking scenery which surround her to the workings of a western ranch where she lives and works. Captured and reproduced on handcrafted keepsake cards, Western Glimpses are meant to carry a precious message, a message accentuated by beautiful moment in time.
Dustin Stephenson – Pottery
The Raku process entails mixing raw chemicals for glazes which then are applied to a fired piece of pottery. The piece then is fired in an outside kiln with a weed burner and propane. After the piece reaches the proper temperature to melt the glaze, the burner is then shut down. This piece is removed from the kiln and placed in a barrel of flammable materials such as sawdust, straw, horse dung or shredded newspapers. When the materials flame up, a lid is placed over the barrel to suffocate the flame and lock in the colors. Many times pieces will crack from the quick temperature change, but that is simply part of the raku process. Many cracks are quite unique and no two are ever the same.
Jane Skaar Coleman – Painter
An award-winning artist, Jane has been painting professionally for many years and enjoys the western landscape, it’s animals and wildlife as subject matter. Horses are a particularly favorite subject of hers, having owned and worked with horses for many years. Her paintings are mainly in watercolor and sometimes she prefers to paint in oil. Jane was past president of the Wyoming Artist Association, past president and signature member of Wyoming Watercolor Society, a signature member of the Montana Watercolor Society, the American Academy Of Women Artists and an associate member of and Women Artists of the West, and the American Academy of Equine Art. Jane ‘s paintings are in many permanent and private collections, her beautiful watercolors can be found in galleries in Wickenburg, AZ and Jackson, Riverton and Dubois, WY.
John Finley – Painter/Scrimshaw
John’s work is as diverse as the land where he grew up. As an authentic cowboy artist, his ideas come from those western Wyoming landscapes and they often express the cowboy’s place in his everyday life. His life as a cowboy and years as a big game hunting guide provide the inspiration for his work. He paints, sculpts and carves the fleeting spirit of the West. John is a third generation native of Wyoming. He was raised and still lives on the family cattle ranch on the East Fork of the Wind River, which his grandfather established over 100 years ago. In 2007 the Finley/Duncan family received the Wyoming Centennial Farm and Ranch Award from the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office. This program honors families that have owned and operated the same farm or ranch for 100 years or more.