Kewa Corn Dancer Monument #2/15
Legacy Gallery Scottsdale
The ‘American Cowboy’ quickly evolved into his own unique living archetype of brashness, moxie, language, etiquette and personal codes to live by. It’s amazing that the heyday of the ‘cow men’ (how they truly liked to be referred) lasted but a brief twenty years, and yet their impact still defines a lasting image and identity of an entire nation. For those that read history, the names of Goodnight, Loving, Teddy ‘Blue’ Abbott, Chisholm and Nate Love, hold special significance. How many men have steeled themselves for a challenge and were able to do so by tapping into these exemplars of yesteryear?
My father took great pride in his western heritage and of the time spent as a youth, on horseback, hunting and working cattle, at the family ranch in Pine, Arizona. I was often reminded of this by his coming home from a 12-14 hour work day, at the office, and his inquiring about a job he’d given me to take care of around the house, “Did you get the job done, or, do you have an excuse?” That’s pure cowboy. He never wanted to hear the excuse…..just wanted to know if the job was done or not. Cow men ‘oft times didn’t have time for the fluff of life, “Give it to me straight.”
Throughout my life, when an image of the ‘Oval Office’ would be shown in either photos, magazines or movies, I’d often see a sculpture(s) as part of the decor. Be it a bust of Abraham Lincoln or Frederic Remington’s “Bronco Buster”, I was always moved by the imagery. After I’d been sculpting a few years, I had a feeling come over me, “I want to sculpt a piece that would be worthy of being on display in the office of The President of the United States. After twenty-five years as a sculptor, “American Cowboy” may be ‘that’ piece.