Tough by Nature Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the America West by Lynda Lanker
For the past nineteen years Lynda Lanker, a Eugene, Oregon, based artist, has been traveling throughout the western United States sketching, painting, interviewing and photographing iconic women. As the American West, once dominated by ranches and agriculture, is tamed and transformed through settlement and corporate development, Lanker has persisted in her commitment to preserve the spirit and stories of ranch women and cowgirls.
Lanker’s images document a vanishing way of life that affirmed the role of women in the economy and ecology of the West. Influenced by Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Hart Benton, Lanker uses a variety of media – pencil and charcoal, oil pastel, egg tempera, plate and stone lithography, engraving and drypoint – to capture the essence of her women.
Included are paintings, works on paper and prints that present the portraits and stories of women who gain their sustenance and livelihood from the land.
Sponsored by: 320 Guest Ranch and Montana Skin Cancer & Dermatology Center
The exhibit is organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.