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Col. Goodnight Herd Crossing the Red River

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David Sanders

( b. 1936  -  d. 2013 )

The painting depicts legendary Texas Ranger, trailblazer and pioneer cattleman Charles Goodnight driving his JA Ranch herd through the Palo Duro Canyon. The herd is led by Charley's faithful lead steer, "Old Blue." It is truly one of Sanders' finest works.

Artist Bio

Known for his oil pastel landscapes, Austin, Texas David Sanders trained at Southwest Texas State University to become a commercial artist but earned so many portrait commissions that he immediately began working as a fine artist.

He is one of the twelve founders of the Texas Association of Professional Artists, and in 1975, had a one-man exhibition of his paintings at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas. David was one of Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe's favorite artists, and many of fine paintings found their way into the Briscoe collection, one of the very best western art collections in America. David’s compelling art can also be found in many other important private and public collections.

Over his career, David has created some very special art depicting such iconic subjects as the King Ranch, the founding of Austin, Texas, Col. Charles Goodnight and the JA Ranch, numerous Native Americans and some of the very best Texas Hill Country landscapes ever produced.

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