Dear readers,

What an autumn it's been! At last, I'm home from the many art events, including my Texas workshop this past week; this is the first time I've experienced a flash flood and been evacuated during a workshop! (Everything's bigger in Texas, including massive rainfall and an accompanying flood of water in the ravines).

Time to settle in for a winter of productivity - all too soon, the deadlines for the spring shows will be looming. (Today was one of those deadlines! yowza).

In this issue:

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Newsbytes and calendar

A new the UK!!

I'm positively stoked to announce my first international representation: Wykeham Gallery in Stockbridge, Hampshire (England) is now representing my scratchboards!

I'll be sending the gallery mostly African subject matter, which tends to do better in Europe than, say, rodeo...

My sincere gratitude to Gerald Dodson at Wykeham for his belief in my work, and to Mr. G for making this happen!

For more about Wykeham, please visit the gallery's website.

"Burning Bright"
16 x 20, scratchboard
...available at Wykeham Gallery

DALLAS, TEXAS - November 8
Collectors Covey Miniatures Show

I've been part of the Miniatures show at Collectors Covey for a number of years now, and it's always a pleasure and an honor to be invited back. This year I've sent a duo of whitetail scratchboards; one is 12x9 and the other is 12x16, so they make a sweet pair when hung together. They're framed in lovely warm silver floater frames. For more information on the show, or to purchase, please contact the gallery.

"Full of Himself", 12x9

"The Prize", 12x16

Tidbits - on collectors (apropos to this month's feature)

"It has been said of many buyers of fine art that they invest in the artist and that they do not just buy a work." - Chris Tyrell

"You can either buy clothes or buy pictures." - Gertrude Stein

"Nobody can give you advice after you've been collecting for a while. If you don't enjoy making your own decisions, you're never going to be much of a collector anyway." - Charles Saatchi

"Don't be surprised if you find me sitting in one of the rooms with a cup of coffee, staring at a wall. I'm just looking at a picture, and I'm closer to heaven than I'll ever be in my life." - Jack Warner

Inside a Major Western Art Collection in Denver

If your memory is better than mine, you may recall that I was in Denver at the end of September for the "Wildlife Experience in Art" show at The Wildlife Experience museum. A major collector of western art, Ken Holm, generously hosted the attending artists for a Sunday brunch at his house. The experience was, to say, the least, overwhelming!

Ken's collection could make many museums envious; I'd forgotten that he has four of my works (and two more with his grandsons), and I was delighted to see them 'in situ' - we artists rarely get to see our work out in 'the real world' and hanging in clients' homes. Below, I'm sharing some photos from that visit as well as Ken's responses to questions I asked about his collection. (Apologies for the quality of the photos - I only had my smartphone with me).

Ken's living room - amazing, no??

JTC: How long have you been collecting? How many pieces do you own?
KEN: The collection includes landscapes, wildlife, horses, cowboys, and Indians. Media include paintings, etchings, drawings, and sculptures and carvings, as well as historical and contemporary lithographs.

Most of the artists have a connection to Montana as I grew up in Great Falls, Charlie Russell's home. The collection has about 500 pieces, half paintings and half sculptures / carvings.

I think I have been collecting most of my life, more seriously the last 20-25 years. About 20 years ago, I recognized that this passion I had for western art was really an addiction, so I bought a house to display art.

Although I like all of the art, the best thing about the collection is what I call "The Chase". I have been able to meet most of the artists and get to know them as well as their art. They, in a sense, have become an extended family as I see many of them at least once a year. Consequently, every piece in the collection has a story.

JTC: What motivates you to purchase a piece?
KEN: I generally have a process that I go through in buying new art.

First, I have to get into my "collector's" mode. I like to go to art shows, auctions and galleries where you can spend about 3 or 4 days, and where I can just immerse myself in the art. Then, certain pieces start to stand out and I begin narrowing my choices.

Second, I have to like it: it has to be easy to look at and showcase the artist's talent. It also has to complement the rest of the collection. If I know the artist, that helps, and if I don't know the artist I try to meet him or her.

Third, it has to be something I can afford.

Ken commissioned this 16x20 scratchboard, "Buffalo Love", from me a year ago. It was a reader favorite when I showed it in the December 2012 Artzine and asked for your votes on my 2012 body of work.

In contrast, this small piece of mine - "Spring Growth" - was painted a decade earlier. It's nice to look at an older work and still feel good about it. Notice that both pieces share the same theme and subject matter!

JTC: Many of your works feature bison - why bison?
KEN: The bison/buffalo was a favorite of Charlie Russell's and I have always gravitated to them. I have wondered what drove us to annihilate nearly 80 million of the animals. To me, the bison symbolizes the American West, the steward of ecology of our prairies, and it was especially important in the lives of our Native Americans. They are simply a gorgeous animal to look at and study. Thankfully they are making a strong comeback.

Originally, I had a room to display buffalo only; however, I must have left the door open as they now represent about 20% of the collection and have roamed throughout the house.

JTC: I know you rearrange your collection regularly - what do you do about nail-holes?
The best solution I have for nail-holes is to hang another picture over them. I use a service in Denver that comes to the house to re-hang and rearrange the collection. They have rearranged it at least 10 times and I am amazed how few nail-holes are visible. Each time they rearrange it, it brings new life to the collection.

"Fresh Catch", one of my drippy-bear paintings, hanging in a lovely spot in Ken's home and set off with more fabulous work.

Ken, THANK YOU for sharing your time and your thoughts with us, and for sharing your home and collection with visitors!

READERS RESPOND - footnotes to the October Artzine:

"Reinventing yourself again, I see, and what awesome validation to have it recognized with an award! You (or your work) are never boring!." (Kara K.) - many thanks, Kara!

"Another ‘bull’s eye’ with your Artzine, love the white wolf…." (Marjie F.) - as always, Marjie, it's lovely to hear from you.

That's it for November (November?! already???). I hope you have enjoyed this newsletter (and thank you to the many readers who respond after each Artzine, thus giving me good material for the "Footnotes" section :-) - if so, I encourage you to share it with anyone and everyone. I appreciate your help in building a bigger audience for my work!

Warmest regards,
Julie T. Chapman

Painting Today’s Wild West (and Africa!) with Contemporary Flair
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