This is an oil on canvas painting of a mounted cowboy in a forested mountain landscape, keeping an eye on several misbehaving steers. The work is signed at lower right by artist WESLEY L. FULLER and is dated there 1993. His interesting cypher appears adjacent to the date. On the stretcher on the reverse the artist has signed again and added the comment "Good luck to the Elks purple pig"; and there also appears to be a price "$600" and title "Keep em out of the tember" (sic). The painting measures 14" by 18" on the stretchers, and the quality distressed style frame with gold measures 25 1/4" by 29 1/4". An extensive internet search has not shed light on the identity of the artist, although two other western works by the artist are seen. The painting and frame are in excellent clean, fresh condition with the exception of a small puncture/dimple which is hidden in the composition directly in front of the horse's chest area. The distressed style frame with gold leaf border is of a quite desirable style, commonly utilized by quality galleries on their contemporary western paintings. It has value in and of itself and could well be used with another work. There is very slight wear here and there which only adds to the "distressed" look. The rabbet measures 14 1/2" by 19"; were the linen liner insert to be removed, the rabbet would measure 16" by 21".
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