The Fine Art of
Texas Hill Country art aesthetic has always revolved around capturing the open countryside; the infinite
skyline, its vast plains, cactus, bluebonnets, and its signatory cowboy
living. Consequently, Texas has become a home
to a majority of Texas
landscape and realism painters that prefer to spotlight that sometimes
frightful, menacing, resilient yet spiritual animal- the Texas Longhorn, a breed of cattle known for its
characteristic horns, which can extend to 7 feet tip to tip.
Regional masters of the Longhorn painting genre include
painter, Ragan Gennusa; “the dean
painters”, Frank Reaugh; and
semi-abstract expressionist painter, LeRoy Neiman. Add to the ever expanding
roster of artists mesmerized by the Longhorn- Cliff Cavin. More known for his simplistic landscapes, Cavin is a
purist, dedicated to the capturing of light, of atmosphere, of sub-stratospheric
heavens. However his new series of longhorn cattle is surely something to note.
Cavin’s new work is all about discovering the longhorn cattle that thrive in the environments and landscapes that he typically paints. Deterring our attention from his once eminent skies and atmospheric accentuations, Cavin uses his technique for capturing light and prominently displays the muscular structure of the longhorns and its signature head ornamentations. Spare cactus litter the semi-arid landscape as his animals make their way through their daily strides into the grazing grounds of Texas Hill Country.
We see a hint of Cavin’s cool heavenly palette in minimal backgrounds, purely compositional elements along with heavily trodden footpaths and silhouetted wheel ruts that helps guide the eye back to the pallid longhorns; an animal inviting the viewer into a sometimes hostile pen.
Cavin is currently working on his Longhorn cattle series for his upcoming national museum exhibitions as well as a spotlight viewing during the November Second Saturdays in
Boerne, Texas- Nov. 10, 2012 at J.R. Mooney Galleries, .
For more information about Boerne’s Second Saturdays art crawl and a list of participating galleries and studios go to www.secondsaturdayartandwine.
© Gabriel Diego Delgado