© Douglas Kent Hall
Working Cowboy Series
Courtesy of the artist
The Old West is alive and well, in legend and in fact. For every
artifact such as a fine vintage saddle or branding iron, there
is a modern version in use today. The ranching industry still
employs those free spirits known as cowboys, and they still ride
in rodeos and wear the practical gear that has been stylized
and gussied up for the movies.
The legend created by the movies has, however, stampeded out
of control. Today, there is a delightful upsurge of funky furniture,
ornate accessories and smart Western clothing that has created
a glamorous, if not always realistic, lifestyle.