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Eric Jacobsen, Barren Trees, oil, 11 x 14.

Eric Jacobsen | Painting from Life

Jacobsen’s penchant for painting on location also reflects his admiration for a long line of artists—landscape, figurative, or still-life—whose mastery was due, at least in part, to painting directly from life.

Anne Blair Brown, Welcome Home, oil, 24 x 24.

Anne Blair Brown | Into the Light

Several years ago, whenever artist Anne Blair Brown thought about her career, she felt blessed. She was represented by outstanding galleries, and her paintings were both selling and being juried into impressive shows. What more could an artist want? In fact, Brown did want more.

T.D. Kelsey, Two for the Outside, bronze, 21 x 8 x 17.

Show Preview | Cowboy Crossings

An exhibition opening to the public at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on Saturday, October 15—and debuting two days earlier with a roster of ticketed preview events—makes it clear that the roots of cowboy art not only spread far wider and deeper but also thrive today in abundant and varied forms.

Rox Corbett, Windfall, charcoal, 22 x 28.

Rox Corbett | Drawing the Viewer In

These days Corbett works in a cozy log studio on a friend’s land almost 30 miles from the ranch beside the Clark Fork River where she and her husband live. Her subjects have expanded over the years from cattle-working scenes to other domesticated animals and North and South American wildlife, with horses remaining a...

Diane Ainsworth, Feeding Fish, oil, 40 x 40.

Diane Ainsworth | Coming Home

Ainsworth’s canvases feature landscapes, waterscapes, and genre scenes, such as people gathering in bars. She incorporates plein-air sketches, photographs, and models as reference material, and she always creates a thumbnail sketch to determine design and values—what she calls the “thinking part” of her process.