I was a visual artist before I took up writing. I trained at the Minneapolis School of Art, later renamed the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. My major was fashion design, not because I wanted to design clothes, but because of the three hours a week of instruction in fashion illustration. Painting was my elective and I hoped to one day be a serious painter.
After graduating, I worked as an illustrator in two different local department stores, and later taught general drawing and fashion illustration for Art Instruction Schools, known for their “Draw Me” heads in TV Guide and other magazines. For various reasons, I never achieved my dream of becoming a famous painter.
However, I still love beautiful art and today I’m going to tell you about a
artist I came to admire through a book of his paintings. His name is Mondel
Rogers. He hails from Texas Sweetwater, Texas, about forty miles west of . The book title is Old Ranches Of The Texas Plains. You
can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Old-Ranches-Texas-Plains-Paintings/dp/0890960194
Since I own a copy of the book, I uploaded the cover. Sorry about the fuzzy lettering. Abilene
The “real West” was in
blood, and living on the
plains, he personally experienced “choking sandstorms, frigid blue northers,
electrifying thunderstorms [and] ‘cyclones’.” He also saw plenty of relics from
the past studding the land: hitching racks (posts?), fences from yesteryear and
other ranch landmarks. Texas
I wish I could share some of the artist’s work with you here, but I fear that would be copyright infringement. All I can do is highly recommend his book. It contains seventy-six plates (prints), some black and white, but many in color. My favorite is #66 on page 90. Titled “Prince of Sylvester”, it depicts an abandoned mansion, all that’s left of the town of
in . Several prosperous ranchers
built their headquarters there, where their lands touched. Fisher County