Wanda Coffey - photo courtesy of artist
Painting cowboys, horses, cattle, and the wide open spaces of the American Southwest is a challenge that excites me. The horse is a powerful animal, and watching the grace and beauty of a well trained horse perform calls for trying to capture it's movements on canvas or paper. I have been on cattle drives, rodeos, and many ranches in my career as artist, and have taken numerous photos and done many sketches from which I do a drawing on tracing paper first for composition and structure, then I transfer it to my canvas or paper. I use strong color which I apply over an under painting where I establish my values and color.
I have been painting professionally for the past 35 years, but have practiced and trained in my chosen profession most of my life. This includes studying drafting at the university of Michigan, for a short time.
taught oil painting and watercolor for 10 years at San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico
Community Involvement / Other Accomplishments
signature member of Women Artists of the West; work is in many collections throughout the US
Shadows of the Past
Artists of the SJC Permanent Art Collection
Begay Sr., Arthur
Cloy, Peggy Melyssa
Collins IV, William
Contractor, Donna Lorraine
Duran, Esteban Ismael
White Owl, Maynard
Wilson Jr., Billy
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