R. E. Lieske (Robin)
I’ve drawn since I could hold a pencil and began formal training at 19 while working in illustration and metal design. I had to work, and commercial illustration jobs came easily but were time consuming, so I tended to gravitate to teachers for specific skills rather than degree programs. My first real graphic arts teacher was the now famous Western photographer, Jay Dusard, at Prescott College in the mountains of northern Arizona.
After moving to Phoenix at age 26 and signing up for drawing classes, I came upon a deserted printing press in the Graphic Arts Department at a college in Glendale. Luckily Mirta Hamilton, a wonderful printmaker, was heading up the Art Department at the time and gave me leave to set up an impromptu printmaking studio in the tiny storage room that housed the press. She then worked with me in extended studio sessions to learn the fine art of printmaking. And there was just something about that elegant, antique machine. For the first time in my life I felt what it was to be in the right place doing exactly the right thing.
The Real West is tough country where cattle and horses form the backbone of the families that fight on to preserve their heritage and way of life. Born the son of a famous Hollywood actor, Buck grew up on movie sets, watching his father, celebrated actor Dub Taylor, appear with such movie greats as John Wayne, Tex Ritter and Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys. He initially took a different path, studying art at the University of Southern California, and, in 1960, trying our for the U.S. Gymnastics Team with the sponsorship of cowboy actor Big Boy Williams. But the acting profession came calling. It was deeply rooted in the young man, who, after all, had actor Chill Wills help him take his first steps as a baby. Buck began his acting career in the fifties working in television. He appeared in everything from the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and My Favorite Martian to the classic period westerns, including Have Gun Will Travel with Richard Boone, The Rebel with Nick Adams and Bonanza. He is best remembered for his eight-year run as Newly on Gunsmoke which ended in 1975. Buck appeared in other popular shows including Wagon Train, The Virginian, Dallas, and Walker, Texas Ranger. In 1963 his movie career began with an appearance in Johnny Shiloh. Buck had continued nonstop for the next forty years with roles in such films as Tombstone and in 2004, The Alamo and Grand Champion. His spiritual and artistic philosophies came together on camera in 2003 when Buck assumed the starring role as “Harry Dodds,” a modern day rancher trying to hold on to his family and ranch in the feature film Truce, released in the spring of 2005.
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Andersen Kee A child of the Navajo reservation, Anderson himself would make a great painting. Anderson Kee was born in 1959 to a mother who was a weaver and a father who dabbled in oil painting.
After high school Anderson was accepted into the prestigious IAIA. "I liked Santa Fe. We had a lot of fun and, the Institute was very good for me. They had a lot of good teachers and I learned a lot."
His early work was often narrative -- portraying scenes of buffalo hunts, Plains Indian camps, "action scenes," and landscapes. Slowly he shifted to dramatically lit chest-up portraits set against simple backgrounds.
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The artwork of Virgil Stephens ranges from dramatic black and white pencil drawings to delicately
hued western paintings with a few whimsical musical paintings thrown in to reflect and express his own life experiences.
Growing up on ranches in and around Globe, Arizona, Virgil spent most of his spare time drawing what life presented him. From his earliest doodling to his current pencil drawing, conte drawing, oils and bronzes he recorded the scenes both poignantly mundane and sublimely humorous that represent the richness of ranch life in America.
Raising a family didn't afford the possibility of taking classes, so Virgil started reading books and studying paintings by famous artist and well known teachers in his spare time. Common sense convinced him the high cost of canvas and paint was money better spent elsewhere and he eventually wound up with a pencil in his hand and spent the early part of his career concentrating on fine pencil drawings.
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I have been drawing, painting, sculpting and making stuff for as long as I can remember. The first thing I remember making with pride was a figure of the madonna out of black gumbo clay when I was 8 years old. I gave it to the priest at our church; I never was sure what he thought about that.
Black and white drawing has always been my forte, and my best medium is the #2 pencil. Giving form to things is what I enjoy,
I have studied art and probably could have/should have gone to an art school. But, looking back, I appreciate the rich variety of experiences university provided me. I could never get through physics, and earned an F in calculus, but I grew up loving nature and biology and later pursued a master's degree in medical illustration. I learned in depth some techniques that have served me well in all kinds of creative endeavors where surface texture and three-dimensionality are involved.
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