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"June 9th in the Black Hills... P'ard all I remember ...t'
NOTES: June 9th in the Black Hills P'ard all I remember, 'twas a cold som-bitch by Bob Coronato
This was a day I'd been waiting for since I was a kid, says cowboy artist Bob Coronato about his latest release. Coronato relates the genesis for this piece, based on his experience working on a ranch on the border of South Dakota and Wyoming. I was there to help the Foreman, a colorful, tough old man of few words, move cows to their summer pasture. We got up at 4:30 a.m. and my friend George suggested I wear my heavy winter gear. Since it was 75 degrees the day before, I thought he was pulling a prank. I decided not to take a chance and brought the gear. I saddled up my horse, which was bucking and kicking to shake out the cold.
Hoping to get a good view of the thousands of cows snaking up the limestone canyon, I went to the front and took a small bunch ahead to point the rest of the herd. The temperature dropped as we got higher into the mountains and the rain turned to large wet flakes covering the canyon walls. As the cows were heating up, steam started to rise off their backs until billowing clouds rose up through the canyon like a train puffing through the Black Hills. I was glad I had my slicker and wild rag around my neck as the snow turned into a blizzard. I sat tucked up under a pine tree branch listening to the flakes through the trees, hoping I'd never forget a detail of this amazing day. As the snow collected on my hat and the black dye ran down my back, I couldn't wait to paint this scene, unfolding before my eyes. With about ten inches of snow on the ground, George and I rode up the side of the herd yelling 'this is the life for me!'.
June 9th in the Black Hills P'ard all I remembert'
Canvas by Bob Coronato
is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Bob Coronato bio
"We are at a clash of two different times: the traditional cowboy'n' ways are
being overridden by the modern, quicker technologies. This is the focus of my
paintings," Coronato says. "I try to document moments in time that show the
ways of a fading lifestyle that so many people have admired." The subjects of
Coronato's work remind people that there is still a remote, free West. The
question the artist is asked most often is, "Do they really do that?" Coronato
reflects, "Yes, they do - but not for much longer. The West is alive, it s
just hiding in small corners of our country, trying to desperately hang on and
not be forgotten."
Coronato lives half the year in remote, eastern Wyoming and half the year in
southern California. Upon graduating from Otis/Parsons Art School, he moved to
Wyoming to pursue a career as a cowboy artist. His work has been shown at the
High Plains Museum, the Coeur D'Alene Art Auction and in 1995 won Best of Show
as the Pendleton Round Up Art Show. "