12 Days of Bison Day 10: "The Sage"
Hello and Good Morning to you fine folks,
I hope all is well in your part of the world.
It is Saturday morning, I am up and raring to go... got things to do, nowhere to go really, and I am extremely excited about today's feature. Ms. Veryl Goodnight has always interested me, not just because of her family connection to Col. Charles Goodnight, but her art captures bison and horses, and sled dogs, and the west, and, and, and..... We first met Ms. Veryl at a National Bison Association conference, and we were there as she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2016. SHE IS ALSO A MUSHER! and she is the sweetest person ever so, yeah, we love Ms. Veryl.
I really have no idea where this will go. Yesterday was an unusual day and without going into detail, let's just say Matt the Plumber's son should have a pretty solid start to his college fund and we are going to get to see the grandkids by this evening.
I hope you enjoy the tidbits today.
Ron & T
The Buffalo Wool Co
Best of Bison: "The Sage" Veryl Goodnight
“The Sage” represents the simple majesty of a mature bull bison moving through the sagebrush of his native prairie. An artist brings their own experience to a work of art and my viewpoint is influenced by the history of Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight and their role in helping save bison during the slaughter of the late 1800’s
A bit about Ms. Goodnight, from www.VerylGoodnight.com:
A Colorado native, Veryl’s career started as a wildlife painter in the early 1970’s. She began sculpting to educate herself about anatomy. Sculpture then dominated her career throughout the late 1900’s while she and her husband, Roger Brooks, lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their 2006 move back to Colorado intensified her desire to return to oil painting.
Veryl has completed over 200 sculptures and 20 life size or larger monuments. All of these works have reflected her Western roots.
Veryl’s work has been profiled in many books and her work has been repeatedly featured in all major American art magazines. “No Turning Back – the Art of Veryl Goodnight” was published in 2011 to correspond with a forty-year retrospective at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2016 Veryl was inducted into The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Forth Worth, Texas in recognition of lifetime of representing the American West in Art.
Veryl and Roger live in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, between Durango and Mesa Verde National Park. The dramatic landscape, abundant wildlife, and the ranching community provide endless inspiration for both sculpture and painting.
“I feel lost without a dog by my side.
I can only go a short distance on a mountain trial without my horse or burro.
My husband views the computer screen between his cat’s ears.
We are the lucky ones. We have not lost the connection with animals that shaped Homo Sapiens from the dawn of time. We accept our own fragility and are grateful for their superior gifts of sight, smell, hearing, strength and speed.
My art is a tribute to the animals that make the impossible a reality.”
Ms. Veryl and Charlie Buffalo, Inspiration for "The Sage"- Sante Fe NM.
Learn More about "The Sage" here
Her most famous piece, “The Day the Wall Came Down,” is a larger-than-life bronze statue depicting five horses leaping over the crumbled Berlin Wall. It currently sits outside the Allied Museum in Berlin with matching castings placed outside the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas and at the entrance to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters building in Langley, Virginia.
So, remember the pup earlier? Meet Hardy, Ms. Veryl's lead dog.
Here he is inspecting her painting "Gold Rush Dogs" and picking himself out of the team:
Beautiful western art!
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