Howard Post worked as a commercial artist until 1980, when he decided to paint what he knew best, Arizona’s ranch traditions. Viewers of Howard Post’s oils or pastels respond to a bird’s-eye view of cattle clustered in a corral, cowboys perched in fence rails, or a distant ranch house. This higher perspective endows people and animals in the painting with stronger shapes and patterns. Howard Post draws from a collection of several thousand slides, from imagination, and then starts a canvas without preliminary sketches. Up to six colors might be used, painted over a dark background. His work is defined by orderly, strong shadow patterns cast by the figures of cattle, cowboys, trees, or fences.
Further Reading: Howard Post, Illustrating and Painting the West | Howard Post, Cowboys and Indians 2014 | Howard Post, Western Art Collector 2008 | Howard Post, Western Art Collector 2009 | Howard Post, Western Art Collector 2010 | Howard Post, Canyon Road Arts | Howard Post, ArtBook of the New West 2006 | Howard Post, Phoenix Art Museum 2010 | Howard Post, Western Art Collector 2012 | Howard Post, Western Art Collector 2013 | Howard Post, Western Art and Architecture 2013 | Howard Post, Southwest Art 1992 | Howard Post, Southwest Art 2014 | Howard Post, Southwest Art 2013 | Howard Post in The West Select 2013 | Howard Post, Selected Commissions