Growing up in Texas you are surrounded by a rich tradition that is unlike any other place in the world. The idea of the Cowboy lifestyle and the freedom that it represents has always been embraced by the people of this state. It is a way of life that is older than the state of Texas, The Republic of Texas – in fact it stretches back over 400 years to the vaqueros that worked the plains of what is now Texas and New Mexico. Living in this part of the world the culture becomes a part of you in ways that you often don’t even realize, but always appreciate. The paintings that I have done here are an attempt to understand this way of life a little better, and to show my appreciation for what it represents. Each of the painting are Gouache and India Ink on heavy watercolor paper.