Short n' the Britches, 1981 | gouache on paper | 26 x 14 inches | $3,900
This painting depicts well known Western musician R.W. Hampton in his twenties as a working cowboy. Hampton went on to record 13 Country and Western albums and has performed with the legendary Cowboy poet and musician Red Steagall.
Gordon Snidow remembers standing in front of some of the great
paintings of the American West at the Gilcrease Museum and dreaming
of becoming an artist someday. He got the opportunity to live the
Western experience firsthand growing up in Paris, Missouri and
spent his Summers fishing, rafting, hunting, and even driving teams
of horses, which provided him ample material to draw upon for his
paintings. Snidow followed his dream vigorously, taking art
lessons in the second grade and receiving private instruction in
Junior High and then on to more advanced lessons through the Famous
Artists School. His well developed skills gained him
admission to the renowned Art Center School of Design in Los
Angeles where he graduated in 1959.
With the ever increasing popularlity of Western Art in the
sixties, Snidow's skills developed sufficiently to allow him to
become a charter member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1965.
Recognized as a Modern day Master of the gouache technique, a
waterbased medium, Snidow earned three Gold Medals and four Silver
Medals at the Cowboy Artists of America Annual Show and Sale. He is
also considered one of the best visual documentarians of the modern
day Cowboy and Cowgirl. Snidow's work is in the permanent
collections of nine American museums including the Gilcrease
Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the National Cowboy and Western