EXPERIENCE THE WEST – This phrase means something different to everyone. Thoughts of cowboys, mountains, desert and the American ranching experience. How does one experience the west without traveling? How can you get the true feel of the American cowboy when you can’t be there with them. One way is through the eyes of Tim Cox. Tim paints what he knows; cowponies covered in sweat after a hard day, a cutting horse intent on holding that cow, ranch horses sharing a well-earned drink at a glistening water trough. His cattle have authentic expressions; calves perhaps a little bewildered at a branding, a longhorn steer intent on leaving the country, or a herd just shuffling along - being driven to better pastures. Ranchers, cutters, team ropers, or cowhands, all of them touch Tim’s heart. Add a striking landscape with clear blue skies; wispy pink clouds or spectacular thunderheads and you have a Tim Cox painting.
This is our first episode of our new series, Ranching America where we will explore the land and people that make up American ranches and the winding trails that connect them. We will dive into the hard work, heritage and passions that are at the root of the ranching lifestyle. It’s gonna be a great ride, I hope you will join me.
On this episode I have the privilege of visiting the artist Tim Cox as well as his wife Suzie, his long time supporter and business partner.
Tim Cox is one of America’s best known western artists and if you don’t know his work then you will be pleasantly surprised to discover it. Tim’s authenticity and inspiring vision of the American west has not come quickly or easily. Tim, along with his wife Suzie have paid their dues. Hard work, long days and isolated cow camps are things they know very well. However, the hard work and endless nights of painting until dawn are finally paying off. He is one of the best known western artists, having been voted into the U. S. Art Magazine¹s Print Hall of Fame in 2000. Dozens of his Limited Edition Prints have sold out through the years, some as quickly as 3 weeks. Sales of his popular calendar line, which started in 1986, are nearing 10 million. One of the best compliments paid to his calendars is that you often see his tear off style calendars complete, late in the year. People will lift the pages rather than tear them off. Tim's paintings have appeared on over 300 magazine covers through the years, and he has been featured in articles of at least 16 different publications.
Tim is a fourth generation Arizonan, born and raised in the ranching lifestyle. He now resides outside of Bloomfield, New Mexico, where he continues to raise a few cattle and train horses with his family.
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