Trappings of Texas 2017 Artists and Gearmakers

 

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Water Break by Herman Walker, oil, 18″x24″

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Herman Walker

2017 Trappings of Texas Premier Artist

Herman Walker spent his formative years in the ranch country of West Texas on a 120 square mile ranch. After receiving a degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech, Herman began his art career. While at Tech, he became very interested in the art of sculpting. After graduation, he worked for a manufacturing firm and in his spare time concentrated on learning casting techniques.

From 1973-1978 Herman and his wife, Deanne, had a gallery/foundry in Kerrville, Texas. When his paintings and sculpture began to gain recognition, they moved back to Eldorado, Texas, to be close to the subject matter he loved. He said, “I paint here because of the people, this land and my feeling for it. Ranch life is lived on the cutting edge. In this region, nature doesn’t always deal kindly with man. The men and women who live on this land must be strong in character and able to face adversity. There is joy, beauty and satisfaction of the good times as well as the agony, loneliness and desolation of the bad times. A force and strength within the people, the animals and the land itself is so vibrant. I try to paint this and hope that those who know will be able to say, ‘That’s the way it is’.”

In 2008 Herman and Deanne returned to Kerrville to be near their children and grandchildren. And he picked up his paint brushes and began his never forgotten love-painting. “The faces have changed and many of the old large ranches are no longer in existence, but the people, the animals, the land remain. The memories run deep. The beauty still remains and entices us to ride over that next hill and see what we came here for.” The essence of my work reflects the traditions and values of the cowboy. They live, work and play putting their brand on the land”.

Photo of Herman Walker

Herman Walker

Walker’s works have been exhibited around the state at National Ranching Heritage Center Summer Stampede 2016, Lubbock; America’s Horse in Art Show at The American Quarter Horse Museum, Amarillo; Bosque Art Classic, Clifton; The Art of Cutting Western Art Show and Sale, National Cutting Horse Association Foundation, Fort Worth; National and Museum of Western Art-Fall Roundup, Kerrville and in Colorado at Windows to the West-Estes Park, Colorado.

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Mankato Style Spur Strap Buckles on Custom Straps by Baru Forell

Mankato Style Spur Strap Buckles on Custom Straps by Baru Forell

Center Tie Underbridle by Ben Tolley

Center Tie Underbridle by Ben Tolley

Rawhide Braided Caveson by Ben Tolley

Rawhide Braided Caveson by Ben Tolley

Ranger’s Deluxe by Benoit Poulain

Ranger’s Deluxe by Benoit Poulain

A Wary Eye by Brian Asher – SOLD

A Wary Eye by Brian Asher – SOLD

Littlest Cowboy by Brian Asher

Littlest Cowboy by Brian Asher

Fire on the Mountain by Buckeye Blake – SOLD

Fire on the Mountain by Buckeye Blake – SOLD

Looking For Blue Eyes by Buckeye Blake

Looking For Blue Eyes by Buckeye Blake

Riding White Lightning by Buckeye Blake

Riding White Lightning by Buckeye Blake

Careful… by Chase Almond

Careful… by Chase Almond

Desert Solitude by Chase Almond – SOLD

Desert Solitude by Chase Almond – SOLD

Tall Tales Campfire by Chase Almond

Tall Tales Campfire by Chase Almond

A Month’s Wages by Curtis Fort

A Month’s Wages by Curtis Fort

Bloody Knife-Sioux by Curtis Fort

Bloody Knife-Sioux by Curtis Fort

New Friends by Curtis Fort

New Friends by Curtis Fort

Cowboy Spurs by Doug Cook – SOLD

Cowboy Spurs by Doug Cook – SOLD

Mecate (close-up) by Doug Krause – SOLD

Mecate (close-up) by Doug Krause – SOLD

Mecate by Doug Krause – SOLD

Mecate by Doug Krause – SOLD

Texas Bell Chaps by Franco X. Trevino – SOLD

Texas Bell Chaps by Franco X. Trevino – SOLD

A Little Schooling by Herman Walker – SOLD

A Little Schooling by Herman Walker – SOLD

Starting Place by Herman Walker – SOLD

Starting Place by Herman Walker – SOLD

Water Break by Herman Walker – SOLD

Water Break by Herman Walker – SOLD

Basking by Jan Mapes – SOLD

Basking by Jan Mapes – SOLD

His Shirt by JaNeil Anderson

His Shirt by JaNeil Anderson

No Reason to Complain by JaNeil Anderson

No Reason to Complain by JaNeil Anderson

Patiently Waiting by JaNeil Anderson

Patiently Waiting by JaNeil Anderson

Pendant by Javier Ribeyrol – SOLD

Pendant by Javier Ribeyrol – SOLD

Scarf Slide by Javier Ribeyrol

Scarf Slide by Javier Ribeyrol

‘Tis the Season by Jeff Gant

‘Tis the Season by Jeff Gant

Hurry Up and Wait by Jeff Gant

Hurry Up and Wait by Jeff Gant

The Helping Hand by Jeff Gant – SOLD

The Helping Hand by Jeff Gant – SOLD

Ranch Hands by K.W. Whitley – SOLD

Ranch Hands by K.W. Whitley – SOLD

Short Stirrups Make for Long Days by Kathryn Leitner

Short Stirrups Make for Long Days by Kathryn Leitner

The Chosen One by Kathryn Leitner – SOLD

The Chosen One by Kathryn Leitner – SOLD

Waiting on the Whistle by Kathryn Leitner – SOLD

Waiting on the Whistle by Kathryn Leitner – SOLD

Still One Short by Stephen Jones

Still One Short by Stephen Jones

Rancho by Kim Mackey – SOLD

Rancho by Kim Mackey – SOLD

This Thirsty Land by Kim Mackey

This Thirsty Land by Kim Mackey

Summer Herd by Lauren Pomatto

Summer Herd by Lauren Pomatto

Whitetail by Lauren Pomatto

Whitetail by Lauren Pomatto

Winter Bay by Lauren Pomatto – SOLD

Winter Bay by Lauren Pomatto – SOLD

The Moment the Desert Turns Golden by Lindy Cook Severns – SOLD

The Moment the Desert Turns Golden by Lindy Cook Severns – SOLD

Untamed Texas Sky by Lindy Cook Severns

Untamed Texas Sky by Lindy Cook Severns

Saddle by Marc Brogger

Saddle by Marc Brogger

Three Piece Buckle Set by Matt Litz

Three Piece Buckle Set by Matt Litz

Bolo by Maximo Prado

Bolo by Maximo Prado

Fancy Gaucho Knife by Maximo Prado – SOLD

Fancy Gaucho Knife by Maximo Prado – SOLD

Rawhide Hobbles by Pablo Lozano

Rawhide Hobbles by Pablo Lozano

Rawhide Hobbles by Pablo Lozano

Rawhide Hobbles by Pablo Lozano

Angora Billy by Raul Ruiz

Angora Billy by Raul Ruiz

Dia de Charreria by Raul Ruiz

Dia de Charreria by Raul Ruiz

Longhorn Bronze by Raul Ruiz

Longhorn Bronze by Raul Ruiz

Diamond Daisy Pendant & Earring Set by Rex Crawford

Diamond Daisy Pendant & Earring Set by Rex Crawford

Custom Cufflinks by Rick McCumber

Custom Cufflinks by Rick McCumber

Pushin’ Horns by Rick McCumber

Pushin’ Horns by Rick McCumber

Tree Huggers by Rick McCumber

Tree Huggers by Rick McCumber

Double Dealer by Stephen Jones

Double Dealer by Stephen Jones

Got Milk? by Stephen Jones

Got Milk? by Stephen Jones

Filigree Skull Spurs by Stewart Williamson

Filigree Skull Spurs by Stewart Williamson

End of a Long Day by Tom Paulson

End of a Long Day by Tom Paulson

Somewhere Near Marfa by Tom Paulson – SOLD

Somewhere Near Marfa by Tom Paulson – SOLD

Texas Big Leagues by Tom Paulson

Texas Big Leagues by Tom Paulson

Cutting Corners by Wayne Franklin

Cutting Corners by Wayne Franklin

The Prize by Wayne Franklin – SOLD

The Prize by Wayne Franklin – SOLD

California Quirt by Whit Olson

California Quirt by Whit Olson

Rawhide Candlesticks by Whit Olson

Rawhide Candlesticks by Whit Olson

Arena-style Spurs by Wilson Capron

Arena-style Spurs by Wilson Capron