52nd National Catalog


One early spring morning, I drove through the grounds of the Pawnee Bill Ranch, hoping to snap some photos of their Longhorn cattle and bison. Oklahoma had been through a particularly long, hard winter that year, and the animals were a little worse for wear. I found this loner, lumbering slowly up the dry, cracked road, head hung low, but plodding steadily on. To me, she personified the general feeling of survival, and the hope of better days ahead. Both inspiration and subject for this piece, she reminds me to always persevere; that life’s road is one with many cracks, that my progress may seem painfully slow at times, but, with purpose intact, I will find that greener grass.

20” x 16” — Oil $1,200

LAURI KETCHUM • WAOW Associate • OK • www.lauriketchumart.com Lauri is a self-taught artist whose agricultural roots have greatly influenced her concentration in Western art. Lauri is an associate member of Women Artists of the West, associate and founding member of Cowgirl Artists of America, and member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Lauri has exhibited in numerous national juried shows, including Western Spirit Juried Art Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Mountain View Americana Juried Art Show, Easley, South Carolina, and Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson, Arizona.


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