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Bob Coronato

I used to open books and look at the “Old West” photos and see cowboys riding the open plains, and I would stop and think, “I wished I lived 100 years ago”. After going out to the very remote west, (Hulett, Wyoming where he lives and paints) and finding ranches that still “cowboy” in the old ways, I realized that the west I was searching for as a kid was still there. More »

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"An unhurried sense of time, is in itself a form of wealth."
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Rideʼn Blood Brother..."I thought I got on backwards, cus I never once saw his head!"
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Ed Boreiens Old Rig
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"Good rig, a great horse and a beautiful day,..is all you need to create a feelʼn you will never forget."
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"Lonesome creates diseases...friendships cure."
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"Out here you still have elbow room. Twoʼs a crowd...threes a town."
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Carson Thomas Maker: "The Saddle Artist"
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Singing, Over the Bones
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"The saddle shop was at Fortyʼth and Plum....40 miles to town...and plum at the
end of the road."

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"If you toss a rope 5 times and miss...the only thing left to do...is lie!"
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"Nobody rides fer noth'n...so step up and pay the price!"
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"He peeled the bark off his head, lost a boot and kilt the sage brush where he landed...Im tell'n ya he came down hard!"
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"Rancheros Vistadores 75th Anniversary trek: "If you can't live it up,...you wont live it down!"
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"In both ride'n a bronc or take'n a wife...ya hang on, shut yer eyes...and commend yourself to God!"
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"Memories of a man in his old age...are the deeds of a man in his prime."
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"Where does a cowboy go...when there's no more range left to ride?"
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"Once free...an' in harmony with nature."
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"The kind of rodeo...you could really get off the pavement!"
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"Hangʼn em on the Bunk house wall...ya know you should surrender...but ya can't let it go!"
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"The critter's horns...ain't for honk'n!"
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American Indian Horsemasks
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Original etching with leather-bound book American Indian Horsemasks — etching came as part of the book

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Gatherʼn Yearlings in the Fall:
"The west is still alive, it's just hidʼn in small corners of our country...trying desperately to hang on...and not be forgotten."

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"I may not be much of a bronc rideʼr...but my get offs are classic."
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"Today is a good day to die...hoka hey!"
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"He was crow hopʼn... And knockʼn my fillings out!"
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Ride'n an Outlaw: "It can dang sure get western!"
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4 a.m. "Aint workʼn cows fer the money...it means more than money to me...Iʼm livʼn life way out here, but Iʼm livʼn life nearly free."
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In tiny hidden corners of the country you can still find places untouched by time. There are ranches that on horseback gather 2000 to 3000 head of cattle, across hundreds of miles of fenceless landscape. The time has come where land is becoming too valuable, making it no longer affordable to have cattle roaming free on open range. This forces ranches to sell off lands to survive. Before long the “West” will be gone. Even now I can see dramatic changes, the things that I was lucky enough to be a part of just a few years ago are gone. Examples are the old style ranch rodeos, traditional brandings, log cabins with no electricity, and running the chuck wagon during roundups.

I no longer have a wish to be part of the old days, but have become part of the west I was searching for. We are at a clash of two times where traditional cowboy’n ways are being overridden by the modern technologies. The “west” of the late 1900’s will be looked at as the last of the era that was frontier.

My focus in painting is to try and document moments in time that show the ways of an admired but fading lifestyle. The freedom of the west and wide-open spaces has become a symbol of our great country. As our lives become more regimented, rules more numerous, we long for the places of freedom.

The question I hear most often is “Do they still do that?” Well… yes they do, but not for much longer. For now “The West” is alive, it’s just hiding in small corners of our country trying desperately to hang on and not be forgotten.

Recent Awards & Shows:
Nominated by Southwest Art Magazine for “Artist of the New Century Show”, won the Grand Prize and Best of Show In October 2002

 

 

 

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