Baca County, Colorado. Photo: Bill McGlone.
An excellent example of this type of art is the panel from Baca County, CO. Its identification as cowboy art is reinforced by the presence of the small figure of a rider on a rearing horse on the right side of the panel.
Dragon trail, South of Rangley, Rio Blanco county, Colorado.
Photo: Peter Faris.
In this case I am extending the term “cowboy art” to include that produced by sheep herders, who were in very much the same situation toward female companionship. An example of this is the delicate caped lady carved in Canyon Pintado by Paco Chacon of Fruita, Colorado, on January 9, 1975. Unfortunately since I saw it some twenty plus years ago some idiot apparently saw only sin and decadence and decided to exorcise the evil with some thirty plus gunshots as illustrated by the second photo which was taken by Cheryl Ames in 2008.
Dragon trail, South of Rangley, Rio Blanco
county, Colorado. Photo: Cheryl Ames.