Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows - In Sight of the Ranch House
- Medium: Bronze
- Edition: 35
- Size: 24'' x 41'' x 11''
Artist statement: In the early days of ranching, the ranch house was typically many miles from the store or trading post. Supplies were carried by packhorse or buckboard. It was a time when simple things were important.
The winter brought traditions and giving lent magic to the season. The rancher is returning home with gifts for his family topped off with a freshly cut Christmas tree. With the ranch house in sight, he looks forward to the excitement of his waiting family and the warmth of home.
What inspired the work: This piece was inspired by my childhood on a remote ranch in Northern Idaho. Winters were long and cold, yet the holidays were the greatest time of the year. Toys were not given throughout the year, but at Christmas, my parents did everything they could do to fulfill our wishes and have a treasure under the tree for each of us on Christmas morning. Magical things happened on Christmas Eve.
What I hope patrons will embrace is the notion of the cowboy in a different light. So often the "leaning to lonesome" side of the cowboy has been romanticized through art. I want to show the side that I grew up with and see today in the cowboys that I know. They are honest, resourceful and giving men who love their families and way of life. Perhaps the most remarkable things about the cowboys that I have been blessed to love is their inherent grasp of the importance of the simple things in life.
- Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows, NSS