The American Cowboy (20 Years Later)
I am enjoying drawing and painting in the tradition of the old masters. Here is a study in oil of the same cowboy in my previous post, except that here I painted him 20 years later. Being from Arizona, I am going back to my own roots and painting "American" themes from the old west. While I am applying the technique of the old European masters, these studies of the American Cowboy is actually the first time I've ever painted iconic American themes. This cowboy reminds me of Ernest Hemingway. I can totally relate to Hemingway because Hemingway was also an American in Paris. When I was young in my twenties I was reading his "Paris: A Moveable Feast" and tracing all the places he had been while reading from the exact spot he was describing. Being a young American from Arizona in Paris was one the great experiences of my youth and it continues to influence me to this day.