THE HIGH KEY COLORED HORSE & COW PAINTINGS ARE MY ODE TO THEODORE WADDELL & KEVIN ROSE
Kevin worked for Theodore when he was a teen. He was enamored with
his work. The time spent at the Montana Waddell Ranch would spark a life long
interest in art and design for the Billings teen.
Years later, when Kevin began working for me, he used to try to get me to paint
horse & cow paintings, where the animals were standing in fields. Kevin would sillily
encourage me by saying things like: You are from Shepherd, MT. You can draw
livestock from memory. Nobody draws a horse butt like you do.
After Kevin passed (unexpectedly at 49), I found myself working through my gut
punched grief by painting what I call "Montana Organic Landscapes".
Like Waddell, I too am a texture junky. I also believe that scale is what evokes mood
The rich oil paint is fun to carve shapes of gestural horses & cows into. The brush is
what gives that subtle lisp of grass.
Making these paintings is a fun way for me to connect with where I am from, the art
that I love, and my friend.