The Colorful Cowboy Trail

The Cowboy Artists of America offer 22 pieces of artwork based on its annual spring trail ride at the historic Kokernot o6 Ranch in Fort Davis, Texas. 

Story by JENNIFER DENISON • Photography by SCOTT SLUSHER PHOTOGRAPHY

July 9, 2018

Since its inception in 1964, the Cowboy Artists of America has held an annual trail ride on a ranch to unite its brotherhood of artists and immerse members in the cowboy and Western lifestyles for authenticity in their artwork. During the weeklong rides, artists have a chance to ride and work cattle together, hold business meetings and even paint or sculpt. For the first time, some of the original works the artists created in camp, or that were inspired by images from this year's ride, held in April on the Kokernot o6 Ranch in Fort Davis, Texas, will be available for purchase in a two-day online auction launching July 11.

Sixteen artists of the organization’s 20 active members submitted 22 small works to the auction, ranging in medium from pen-and-ink and charcoal to watercolor, oil and bronze. There are portraits of horses, cattle and cowboys, scenes of roping horses from the remuda, riding in the West Texas brush country, and landscapes with blooming cactus and teepees on the range. With several works priced less than $2,000, it’s a chance for emerging and seasoned collectors alike to purchase a timeless piece of art that represents a piece of CA history.

The auction starts July 11 at 11 a.m. central time and runs through July 13 at 11 a.m. Works can be purchased only online at caacowboytrails.com.

CAShow 002Cowboy Artists of America members gathered this spring on the Kokernot o6 Ranch in Fort Davis, Texas, for their annual trail ride.

CAShow 003CA members gather and sort cattle during the o6 Ranch’s spring works.

CAShow 004CA president Martin Grelle paints en plein air during some downtime. Grelle was one of the CA artists who submitted a painting for the online auction this week.

CAShow 005Teal Blake regularly helps the o6 Ranch during its spring and fall works, but this spring shared the experience with his fellow CA artists and took time to paint. He has two watercolors in the auction.

CAShow 006First-year member Dustin Payne works on a sculpture during the ride. He has a sculpted bridle hook of a horse head in the auction.

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