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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Artist depicts the life of American cowboys

  •      This year's featured artist at the Landmark National Bank's Western Art Show is Larry Case, an Oklahoma City artist who works in both oils and graphite.


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  •      This year's featured artist at the Landmark National Bank's Western Art Show is Larry Case, an Oklahoma City artist who works in both oils and graphite.
         "My pieces are very detailed and tight," Case said in an interview with the Globe Monday afternoon, "And that means I have to do a lot of research to get the details right. You can't have the wrong bridle on a horse — someone will notice."
         Case's work depicts primarily modern-day ranch scenes dealing with people and their relationships with each other, their animals, and their land.
         According to his artist's statement, his paintings tell a story of everyday lives, but he always leaves out just enought to stimulate the viewer's imagination.
    Inspiration
         Case, like most boys growing up in the midwest, was always interested in cowboys and ranching. He grew up in Alva, Okla.
         Then, in 1976, he married a girl named Rita, whose family has a ranch south of Coldwater.
         "I was teaching school at the time, and we'd go out to help on the ranch every weekend," Case said. Those experiences solidified his interest in all things Western.
         Case has degrees in art from Northwest Oklahoma State University. He and his wife are both retired now and they travel a lot, making stops at art shows and fairs.
         "I go to a couple of artist photo shoots every year, and get new material," Case said.
         The photo shoots are organized for Western artists and they provide costumed models and a variety of locations for photography.
         "They'll have Indians, mountain men, the cavalry, bandits, chuckwagons, horses, cattle, pioneer women and children — just about everything you can imagine," Case said.
         Two of Case's favorite photo shoots are in South Dakota and Texas.
         Organizers try to get actors and extras who have been in movies as well as reenactor groups from various periods.
         As a result of several trips to photo shoots, Case estimates his collection of reference photos is nearing 40,000.
         Case chooses up to 20 elements from various photos to combine into a finished piece.
         "The best compliment I get is when a rancher comes up to me and says 'Been there; done that.' It means he recognizes some truth in the piece," Case said.
         The Western Art Show, in the lobby of Landmark National Bank, has been a Dodge City Days tradition for 19 years.
         The artist and his work will be at the bank from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday this week.

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