Skip to main content

Mountain Connection

Internationally recognized artist’s ‘Desert Barnacle’ cowboy graces the cover

02/01/2012 14:23, Published by Jacqueline, Categories:

by Barbara Hadley, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery co-owner

Featured on the cover of this month’s Mountain Connection is William Matthews’ print “Desert Barnacle” available at Evergreen Fine Arts Gallery.

The model for Desert Barnacle is Roger Bates, a working cowboy from the ZX Ranch in eastern Oregon.

He’s an independent sort who lives an isolated life at a cow camp in the desert accompanied only by his two dogs and his string of horses.

The published monograph “Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews” features a decade of the artist’s work devoted to the subject of working cowboys from the great ranches of the American West.

Forbes FYI Magazine hailed him as the new Remington of American painting.

An internationally recognized watercolorist, Matthews was born in 1949 in New York City. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and currently lives in the Colorado foothills near Evergreen.
Matthews’ paintings are widely exhibited nationally and internationally.

His work has been part of two Meridian International Center curated exhibitions: Out West: The Great American Landscape, 2007-2008, and True Colors: Meditation on the American Spirit, 2000-2005.
Other venues include: the National Art Museum of China; Shanghai Art Museum; Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Center; the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul; the Allied Museum, Berlin; National Gallery of the Arts, Albania; and Millennium Court Arts Center, Northern Ireland.

His work is included in numerous private and public collections including, Museum of the West, Autry National Center; Buffalo Bill Historical Center; Eiteljorg Museum; The National Cowboy Hall of Fame; Gilcrease Museum; Joslyn Museum; Booth Western Art Museum; Phoenix Art Museum; Tucson Museum of Art; and the Denver Art Museum. He continues to win national and international awards, and his work is widely collected by Western art lovers.

William Matthews’ iris prints are available at Evergreen Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, 3042 Evergreen Parkway, Evergreen. 303-679-3610,

These fine prints, made from his original watercolors virtually undistinguishable from the original, are done in editions of only 50; and when the edition is sold out, there are no more.

Because of their scarcity, they have continued to increase in value, as have his original watercolors.
Major upcoming events at Evergreen Fine Art include the prestigious Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition beginning June 22 and our annual Weekend in the West event Aug. 24 & 25.

Evergreen Fine Art Academy offers both workshops and on going classes featuring small groups and individual instruction from some of the nation’s top artists. Classes are held in a beautiful space with wonderful natural light. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Barbara Hadley and her husband, Phil Shanley, own and operate Evergreen Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at 3042 Evergreen Parkway. Visit www.evergreen or call 303-679-3610.

  • VFW Community Breakfast

    07:30am — 11:30am

    Breakfast at Beaver Ranch

  • The Evergreen Players present the dark comedy Bright Ideas by Eric Coble. Directed by Wendy Moore...

  • Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

    03:00pm — 04:15pm

    Effortlessly marrying contemporary ballet and jazz into an innovative, expressive and moving expe...

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    06:00pm — 10:00pm

    Rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is all bois...

  • Vintage Theatre presents "I Do! I Do!"

    07:30pm — 10:00pm

Tony Award nominated I Do! I Do! is a two-character story spanning fifty years, from 1915 to 196...

  • Harold and Maude

    07:30pm — 10:00pm

    Harold is the proverbial poor little rich kid. His alienation has caused him to attempt suicide s...

  • The Evergreen Players present Bright Ideas

    07:30pm — 10:00pm

    How far would you go for your child? Some parents will stop at nothing to get their children int...

  • Into the Woods

    07:30pm — 10:00pm

    Ignite Theatre presents "Into The Woods" - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim - Book by James L...

  • Vox PHAMALIA: Pity Pity Bang Bang

    07:30pm — 10:00pm

    Phamaly Theatre Company presents its “differently-abled sketch comedy” co-written by Jeremy Palme...

  • Buried Child by Sam Shepard

    08:00pm — 10:30pm

    The Edge Theater presents Sam Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama “Buried Child” -...

Click to view the entire 285 Chambers Directory
Click to view the entire 2014 Health & Wellness Directory