This special print is on stretched canvas, and is a (giclee) oil painting. It’s a reproduction of an original oil painting created from a picture Allen took of Patty on Chief, and from others he took of the Grand Teton Mountains (above Jackson Hole, Wyoming). Patty was an awarding-winning illustrator before she and Allen made a career change from advertising to fine art, in 1987.
“Taking a Big Bull”
This is a large and graphic giclee print on canvas. Allen digitally composed this scene from photos of his original sculptures, and painted it digitally. The sculptures were transformed into a contemporary giclee reduced to flat shapes of color, but the light and shadow from the photos he took remain in the image. It is certainly graphic in color, but is also graphic in content. The hunter is in pursuit of the large bull, which is seemingly looking at a buffalo skull in the grass—as if he sees his fate in it—while a golden eagle circles overhead.
This special print is on watercolor paper, and is a giclee watercolor. It is a digital watercolor Allen created from a picture he took of Patty coming out of a barn, tack in hand. She was “goin’ ridin’” on Chief, the very same mount she is on in her oil painting above. (The Giclee process was created in 1991 as a way to produce fine art prints using modern inkjet print technology, rather than a printing press.)