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Joe Netherwood grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s, when youngsters played cowboys and Indians and mimicked their heroes: Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. These cowboys’ western films set the stage and instilled in Netherwood a love for the West that still remains.

Born in 1954, and raised on southern California ranches, John DeMott’s comfortable painting people of the West in magnificent Western settings. He’s experienced the demanding work required in ranching and has developed an enduring appreciation for Western heritage.

Kim Ragsdale focuses on faces – character faces with wrinkles, broken teeth, no teeth and older faces. Her first drawings were of dogs, horses and cows because they’re so important in western ranch life. They weren’t child-like drawings, but were so accurate anatomically as to be mistaken for photographs.

Don Edwards made it his mission to research and preserve the background of traditional folk music. Along the way, his unique style struck a chord with audiences worldwide, and his lyrics became the voice of the American cowboy.

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Active ImageThirteen years ago, Western artist and photographer Lisa Norman journeyed to a remote section of Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Inspired by her outdoor “studio” and the pioneer spirit she encountered, she has documented the ranch’s rich heritage in a new pictorial essay.