It’s always exciting when we feature artists and their art for the first time within the pages of Art of the West. That is just what we are doing on the following pages, as we share with you the words and works of three contemporary Western artists: David Frederick Riley, Gregory Strachov, and Jeremy Winborg.
While their journeys and subjects differ, what they share is a love of creating art. Riley evolved from painting portraits to wildlife in muted tones. Strachov is fascinated by rocks, finding a beauty in them that most of us wouldn’t see. Winborg captures the strength and beauty of Native Americans, particularly women.
These three New West artists also share a common goal. They are committed to creating works that are stunning, that move viewers to stop, look, and become immersed in their beauty.
We invite you to sit back, turn the pages, and treat yourself to a visual feast of their creations.
David Frederick Riley
40” by 40”
“Fox are easily one of my favorite animals to paint. When they look at you, you can see them thinking and calculating. I wanted to capture some of that with this painting. I pushed this idea further by using more saturated colors in the eyes and face and fading them towards grey into the body. This focuses us on the expression and the awareness behind it.”
22” by 30”
“This is the first watercolor I did after surviving a second meningioma brain surgery. After that surgery, I had to rebuild myself in order to hold a brush. After my surgery, I was in the hospital, paralyzed for three months. It took quite a bit of effort to be able to walk, as well as to hold a brush. Survival is the perfect title for this work.”
Pale Moon Rising
22” by 22”
“It was fun to experiment with light on this painting. I want the main focus to be on the figure’s face. With light hitting only the top half of the painting, it directs that focus to her expression.”