After the exhibit we went to the library - one of the biggest and best libraries I have ever visited. Being so inspired by the art I looked for books on realism painting. I was introduced, by my friend - to a southwest realism painter - James Bama. I had never heard of him before and was amazed at his work. He is as amazing as those I've named above. I took a couple of photos of his works out of the book so you could see his work.
Sorry, I did have another one to post, but it will not upload properly. I have an artist friend, Clark Gussin, who does southwest theme paintings. I'm sure he knows James Bama. He is also a super talented painter and is currently showing his work at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, California.
Anyway, like I said, I'm inspired by the extraordinary work of these artists - all whom I've mentioned here - maybe I can by osmosis develop into a painter of skills even close to these.