Later, as she became fascinated by the wild horses of the American west, mom (Karen Keene Day) would travel from Montana to Wyoming, to the desolate desert of southwest Colorado to see these magnificent beasts. They have since become the sole focal point of her work. To see her large paintings with bold moving lines is enough to feel the freedom and power of these last free horses, out in the wild.
For as equal a length of time, I remember dad (Floyd Day) watching western movies. He grew up in Canton, Ohio, and worked his way out with a football scholarship to Michigan. As a kid I remember him watching John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood, and talking about all the shows he watched as a kid.
His romance with the west led him and mom to begin spending summers here in Ridgway, Colorado, where we are surrounded by some of the most beautiful ranchland imaginable, owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. Glorious, golden, rolling valleys that make their way through the shadows of the 14,000′ San Juan Mountains. Any morning or evening, dad can be found driving slowly through the valleys, photographing the cows that he paints with pastels, in endearing, bold artistic renderings.
Have a great weekend!