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A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project

Artists of Pastels

Brown, Harley

A native of Alberta, Canada, Harley Brown became fascinated with art at a young age, and eventually attended the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, followed by the Camberwell School of Art in London, England. Encouraged by fellow artist Robert Lougheed, Brown submitted work for the National Academy of Western Art show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1977, and is one of a small group of artists who have won awards their first time in the competition. Brown is also one of the Tucson 7 and an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
March 30, 2004 — 2 hours 30 minutes — video

Bryers, Duane


Duane Bryers' art career has included time as a graphic artist for the Air Force during World War II, a commercial artist and illustrator, and eventually fine art. Growing up in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, Bryers taught himself to draw and paint from art books at the local library. At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Bryers' oil painting, Two’s Company, won The Prix de West Society Award in 1997 and was purchased for the Museum's permanent collection. Bryers was also one of the Tucson 7.
February 15, 2003 — 1 hour 50 minutes — video

Carlson, George

Born in Illinois, George Carlson has studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Chicago Art Institute, and the University of Arizona. American Indian culture is of particular interest to Carlson, especially the Tarahumara Indians of Central Mexico. During a National Academy of Western Art Exhibition, Carlson won the Prix de West Award in 1975 for his bronze sculpture Courtship Flight. After switching to oil painting, Carlson won the 2011 Prix de West Purchase Award for Umatilla Rock.
June 11, 2005 — 1 hour 7 minutes — audio
June 25, 2009 — 3 hours 7 minutes — video
YouTube: 10-minute video clip

Jacob, Ned

Raised in New Jersey, Ned Jacob travelled to Montana after high school, where he studied the basics under artist Ace Powell. Jacob lived among the Blackfeet Native Americans and captured them and their culture in numerous paintings. He moved to Taos, New Mexico and further developed as an artist, studying under artists Bettina Steinke, A.D. Greer, and Robert Lougheed. Elected to the Cowboy Artists of America and the National Academy of Western Art, he left both groups because he did not support the idea of competing against his peers.
July 11, 2005 — 1 hour 35 minutes — video

McGraw, Sherrie

Growing up in Oklahoma doing impressionistic landscape paintings, when Sherrie McGraw was twenty-three, she moved to New York to study at the Art Students League under the direction of David A. Leffel. She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a night guard until she became a full-time painter in 1980. In 1992, she moved to Taos, New Mexico to further develop her skills as a fine artist.
June 9, 2004 — 56 minutes — audio
May 7, 2009 — 1 hour 36 minutes — video
YouTube: 10-minute video clip

Whitaker, William

William Whitaker began painting at the age of six under the encouragement and direction of his artist father. Interested in classical realism from early on, he received training from Alvin Gittins, portrait painter, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Working in oil, Whitaker’s paintings are done in the style of classical realism, capturing every minute detail of the model he’s working from.
June 8, 2001 — 59 minutes — audio
August 24, 2004 — 1 hour 51 minutes — video

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