Sweet Connections

Categories: 2022 January-February Issue, Charcoal, Figurative, Genre, Nighswonger, Julie, Oil, and Wildlife.

It was a compliment of the highest order and one that Julie Nighswonger treasures. While exhibiting her paintings at an art show, she watched as a little girl walked up to a painting of a small horse, which was hanging low in Nighswonger’s booth—and kissed it. Sure, awards are appreciated and are validation of work well done, says the Wyoming artist, but a kiss—wow!

Nighswonger has won her share of awards. Her first was the Artists’ Choice Award at the Wyoming State Fair in 2003; her most recent was the People’s Choice Award at Cowgirl Up! last year. A member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and a signature member of American Women Artists, her life today is something she had never imagined as she followed other paths over the years.

Read the full article in the January/February 2022 issue.

Pasture Pals

18” by 18”

“Spring is one of the best times of the year, as you can find new babies filling the pastures. It is a joy to watch them running and playing with each other. In this painting, these two have become best friends, enjoying the warm sunshine.”

Day Work

30” by 32”

“This was a moment in time that I knew I wanted to capture—to show the American cowboy at work, confident and steady in a setting that can become quite chaotic. Hopefully, you can feel the dust and smell the cattle as they are worked and moved to the summer pasture.”