2010 Featured Artist, Bob Coronato

The San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association is very honored to announce that the highly respected Western Artist Bob Coronato has been selected as this year’s Featured Artist for their Twentieth Anniversary of their Annual Western Art Show and Sale to be held at the Paso Robles Event Center in California.

Western artist Bob Coronato

Bob Coronato’s rapid rise to elite status among Western painters began with his first one-man show at the High Plains Western Heritage Center i

n Spearfish, South Dakota, in the summer of 1993. The native of suburban New Jersey had come West to study at the Otis/Parson’s Institute of Fine Art in Los Angeles and was on a family vacation to the Black Hills region when the museum agreed to mount a show for him. The opportunity not only led Coronato to believe that he might possibly be able to make a living off his artistic talents, but put him in touch with master saddle maker Carson Thomas, who provided an invaluable critique.

Above all, Thomas convinced Coronato that he needed to gain more intimate knowledge of his subject matter. The saddle maker invited the fledgling artist to move to Hulett, Wyoming, offered him studio space studio space above his saddle and got him a job working on a ranch.

Western artist, Bob Coronato is pictured on horseback. "I had thought the old West was completely gone, but it's alive, hiding in small corners of our country trying desperately to hang on and not to be forgotten. So I try to keep moments in time that bring back a fading life that so many people have admired." - Bob Coronato

Gathering yearlings art work by Bob Coronato "Gathering yearlings" artwork by Bob Coronato.

Working cattle on the ranch was just what Coronato needed. The artist learned how to ride horses and soon found himself riding alongside veteran cowboys on huge sections of land and branding 300 calves or so a day for weeks at a time. Living the cowboy life allowed Coronato to develop the unique style that collectors adore. Instead of portraying the Old West scenes that he started out painting, he adds modern touches to the timelessness of the cowboy life. Additionally, while he remains an easel painter, he has enjoyed enormous success with his collé etchings and serigraphs.

Coronato continues to cowboy in Wyoming during the warmer-weather months, but spends his off-season in Atascadero. His work has been picked up by the Greenwich Workshop and he will make his first appearance at the prestigious Masters of the American West of the American West Show at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles this year.

See more of Coronato's amazing artwork at the following websites:
Cowboy Poetry
Greenwich Workshop
Art of the West Magazine
Southwest Art Magazine
Devils Tower Frontier Museum & Gallery

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