Art of the American West
Most Popular Painting
The West is my inspiration. . .every cloud, every critter, every colorful character.
A Painting That Turns Heads and Always Gets Positive Comments
Being an odd shaped long painting, you'll have to scroll down to see all of it, but I wanted to show it large enough to see the detail on the back of the horse and scout, and give you a sense of the depth created with the expanse of prairie and the mountains in the far background.

The title of this painting is Where Buffalo Roam, and it has become my most popular painting this past year taking the place of Moccasin Pillow, which is still a close favorite. Everywhere I go, someone says this painting speaks to them. It tells the story of the Plains Indians quest for buffalo and their life on the wide open prairie. The Native Americans believed that land should not be owned by anyone and that all creatures including humans shared the earth and its bounty. This painting conveys that harmony between man and earth. As simple as this painting is, it speaks volumes about the lifestyle, beliefs and history of the American Indians.

"The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged...."
- Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief

"Being Indian is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being in harmony with all things and all beings. It is allowing the heart to be the distributor of energy on this planet; to allow feelings and sensitivities to determine where energy goes; bringing aliveness up from the Earth and from the Sky, putting it in and giving it out from the heart."  - Brooke Medicine Eagle

"One does not sell the land people walk on."
- Crazy Horse, September 23, 1875


"The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies." - Mary Brave Bird

"I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath...I know every stream and every wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas. I have hunted over that country. I lived like my fathers before me, and like them, I lived happily.”
- Ten Bears [Parra-wa-samem] (late 19th century) Yamparethka Comanche Chief 

"I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.”
- Satanta, Kiowa Chief


Where Buffalo Roam is available as a gallery image wrap on heavy 1-1/2" stretcher bars in various sizes from 10" x 40" up to 24" x 96" — Please call 480-745-0451 for a price and to order.

Where Buffalo Roam   Oil on canvas, 48" x 12"