In the late 1970s and early 1980s, we discovered the Jackson area of Wyoming, a virtual paradise for adults and children alike. Dude ranches,
local theatre, and some of the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen;
the Tetons. Such fun listening to how the matriarch of the Triangle-X was
the first woman to climb the Grand (Teton). I asked her why she did it, and her response "Because it was there." Trout fishing with Bob Robards (Jason's brother). And Western art that allowed us to bring a bit of the West home with us, since it felt like I left part of my heart out West.
This fabulous painting hung in the dining room of one of the dude ranches that we stayed in. (Yes, several years at Triangle X, and several years at
Lost Creek). I fell totally in love with it. It shows some hunters going home with no deer or elk on their pack mule. When you look closely, there is a magnificent stag on the left, hidden behind bushed, laughing. I have enjoyed this painting over our fireplace for over thirty years. I sincerely hope that it will find a new owner who enjoys it as much as I have.
The artist is a well-known Western artist. Throughout his lifelong career as an artist, Mike has consistently won many competitions for his work in acrylic and watercolor painting, stone sculpture, and metal sculpture. A few of his most notable commissions include an acrylic 8' x 22' mural depicting scenes from Wyoming at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne, a 4' x 20' steel mural placed in the Rockville, MD Department of Transportation illustrating the history of transportation, and a 12" x 20" acrylic painting of the USS Wyoming Trident submarine; the painting resides in the officers' ward room as a gift to the officers and crew. First National Bank and Trust of Powell has used four of his paintings on their Visa cards. For 2-1/2 years the Bank employed Mike to produce numerous office paintings and murals. They have the largest collection of his work. In 2003 Mike received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement from Northwest College in Powell. Mike's works can be found in local, national, and international corporate and private collections.
Mike now works a great deal in acrylics, which are fabulous. However, this is one of his earlier works in oil that took weeks of his time, and I believe it is a technically and aesthetically superior work.
Medium: Oil on Canvas.
Size: Sight 35 1/2" by 23 1/4".
Framed 44 1/2" by 32 3/4".
Signed and Dated: "Kopriva '82" Lower Left.
Condition: Good to Very Good.
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