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Native cowboy artist used materials at hand to make unique art


January 27, 2021

The images on this canvas were painted by native cowboy artist Walter J. Brown. The canvas in the Blaine County Museum is one of two pieces painted by Brown, probably sometime in the 1950's. Brown died in 1994 at the age of 80.

Blaine County Museum Curator/Manager Samantha French asked me recently what I knew about a piece of art on canvas that once covered a chuckwagon on the Miller Brothers ranch. The piece of canvas has hand drawn cowboy/horse images and is displayed in the museum with other items related to ranching. I'd not given much thought to the piece during prior visits to the museum but when I really studied the canvas I saw a piece of folk art illustrated with authentic, detailed cowboy imagery.

The curator learned via Jim Halseth, who worked for Miller Brothers and wrote about working as a cowboy on t...

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