Your Guide to Gifts of
Western Horse Art
The Paintings of
Tom Ryan - Jack Terry -
Here's a look at some Western horse art by three well-known artists.
Tom Ryan's "Sharing an Apple"
How To Make a Horse Happy: Find a few nice juicy apples.
Give them to your horse as a treat.
Did just that one fine day last fall.
Result - a horse in "horse heaven" with juice dripping from its mouth.
With that in mind - we lead off with a fine example of horse art of
Born in Illinois and currently residing in Arizona, Tom Ryan had his training in the mid-West and New York, where be began his career as an illustrator. Traveling to the West, Ryan began doing Western subject matter. Drawing from his experiences in the cattle country of West Texas, Ryan soon became known for his meticulously drawn western paintings.
His work has appeared in Western Horseman and The Quarter Horse Journal, and is featured in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
"The Last Bunch" by Jack Terry
His grandfather was a rancher, his grandmother a painter, so it is little wonder the path that Jack Terry took starting at a very tender age. While attending the University of Texas, Terry worked on ranches, not only earning some income but at the same time looking for new subject matter.
Austin was a Western art center at the time and Terry had the opportunity to rub elbows with, and learn from some of the great painters in residence there. It was one of Terry's mentors who helped him understand the finer points of equine anatomy leading in turn to his fine renditions of horse art.
Jack Terry is best known for his horse and cowboy art though his repertoire extends in other directions as well. His paintings hand in many prominent collections including that of the King Ranch. Still residing in the Texas hill country, Terry raises cattle and horses.
Jack Terry has also authored several books, The Great Trail Ride, A Cowboy's Faith, and Reflections of a Horseman.
The Importance of Presentation: A First Hand Look at a Jack Terry Painting
About a year ago during a visit to a nearby furniture store I spotted a familiar painting on a wall -
it was one of Jack Terry's best known - "Early Snow".
It hung on a poorly lit wall above a not terribly attractive sofa and was mounted in a heavy frame which would detract from most paintings.
If there are rules for proper display of a fine painting most of them were broken here. Yet Terry's work drew like a magnet. It is a magnificent painting. Still, as it is sometimes said,
"Presentation is everything".
It could have looked so much nicer. The choice of proper framing and location means and adds so much to an already beautiful work of art.
Please remember this when purchasing a fine painting, picture, or poster.
"Autumn's Amber Glow" by Tim Cox
Tim Cox is one of the best known contemporary western artists. His paintings have appeared on over 100 magazine covers, and he has been featured in numerous articles, including in Southwest Art and Western Horseman. A native of Arizona and now living in New Mexico , Cox raises cattle,trains horses, and competes in cutting competitions when not painting.
Tim Cox was commissioned in 1999 to paint Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm as well as the famed quarter horse First Down Dash.
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