The inspiration for this painting came from an old photograph (circa early 1900�s by Charles J. Belden) of horses tied up outside a cabin on the Pitchfork Ranch in Wyoming. Fascinated with the snow coming down on the horses and the cabin, I thought the play of snow would be more interesting if I painted the horses as Appaloosas. I added light coming from inside the cabin, and named it �Guests for Dinner� to convey the idea of Pioneer warmth and hospitality on a cold Winter�s Eve.
To see more of Charles J. Belden�s ranch life photography, go to www.bbhc.org/exhibitions/cbelden.cfm. (Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.)
March 12th, 2011
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