Nationally Acclaimed Artists Gather in Paso Robles

In 1990, the Cattlemen’s Western Art show got a modest start at the old Cooper Ranch outside of Paso Robles. There was a gathering of only three artists, a spouse, and a contract cowboy – artist Larry Bees, Ernie Morris, Suzanne Williams, Larry’s wife Jackie and cowboy Gary Williams. They decided there was a need for a Western art show on the Central Coast. Through the SLO Cattlemen’s Association, the show was established and has become a nationally renowned event drawing huge crowds and artists from throughout the Western states.

Santa Fe, by Daniel Hachard

Whether you’re a serious or novice collector, or just enjoy viewing original paintings, prints and sculpture, this show offers something for everyone. The artists present their art in person; welcoming interaction with attendees. The 2018 featured artist is Susan von Borstel. “Much like the original old masters who painted in caves, I work on beautiful, natural stone; providing me with exciting and wonderful challenges,” says Susan.

She prepares each stone with a variety of techniques such as sand blasting, acid washing and sealing; then paints with brushes, sponges, Q-tips and her fingers to blend the oil paint with the stone. Susan’s treasure hunt for a perfect stone elicits a thrill of anticipation that motivates her. She adds, “I want to know if the painting in my imagination will turn out well. The patterns, textures and colors of the piece inspire the subject matter which usually includes animals. Transparency is key. The stone is my guide.”

Considering there are collectors in most states in America, China, Saudi Arabia and Canada along with galleries that have sold hundreds of pieces; thanks to her supportive family and compelling love of art, she continues to strive to create her elusive “perfect painting.” This local show has been a consistent, friendly and top selling venue for her.

For the list of participating artists, details about the evening Artist Reception on Friday, April 6 and weekend show held on April 7 and 8 at the Paso Robles Event Center, go to cattlemenswesternartshow.com.