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Victor Blakey -- The Last Trapper

The Last Trapper

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 30" x 1"

The Mountain Men/Trappers flourished for a few decades, however, the demand for beaver fur dropped quickly. Most beaver pelts were sent to England for making hats. The days of the trapper making a good living by fur trapping ended when fur was replaced by silk.

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Victor Blakey -- Kansas

Kansas

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

I met this cowboy in Kansas. I had to paint him on his beautiful horse. In Kansas, you have the sky and the ground and nothing in between. It's just beautiful, so I named the painting "Kansas".

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Victor Blakey -- Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 30" x 1"

The Plains Indians were powerful and resourceful. They fiercely resisted the white encroachment of their lands. Because conflict with other tribes and treaties with the white man that quickly fell apart, made it a relentless struggle for them to stand their ground and survive in an unforgiving environment.

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Victor Blakey -- Lone Scout

Lone Scout

Oil on Canvas -- 22" x 28" x 1"

Doing his job for the Cavalry.

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Victor Blakey -- Where's My Mama

Where's My Mama

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 24" x 1"

Herford calf lost from its mother.

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Victor Blakey -- Red Bandana

Red Bandana

Oil on Canvas -- 48" x 36" x 1"

Apache, native of the Southwest desert. It is a very large painting and the vibrant colors dominate a room.

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Victor Blakey -- Nap Time

Nap Time

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 30" x 1"

A little calf just taking a mid-afternoon rest. He found a nice safe place just inside the barn that made a cozy spot for a nap.

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Victor Blakey -- Sound of Danger

Sound of Danger

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

Grab your gun when a loud noise catches your attention. This cowboy is ready to defend himself.

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Victor Blakey -- Cheyenne Brothers

Cheyenne Brothers

Oil on Canvas -- 22" x 28" x 1"

This painting depicts the value of family. They are real brothers and are very close to each other.

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Victor Blakey -- Still Riding

Still Riding

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

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Still riding after so many years. This old cowboy has been around for a long time. He may be old but he is still riding.

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Victor Blakey -- Looking into the Sun

Looking into the Sun

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

The rocky terrain and the cold creek represent the struggles of the past, but now he is looking into the sun and sees a much brighter future for himself and his people.

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Victor Blakey -- Looking for Water

Looking for Water

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

This Vaquero has been riding for days through rough and water-less terrain. He and his horse are in desperate need of a water hole.

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Victor Blakey -- Tracking the Big Buck

Tracking the Big Buck

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

The great hunters were revered by his tribe. Started in the morning to look for game, this hunter, carefully and slowly tracks the big buck that has just crossed the creek.

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Victor Blakey -- Reflections

Reflections

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

This cowgirl is thinking back on her life growing up on her father's ranch, and taking over upon his death. That was many years ago, but she is still in the saddle doing what she has always done.

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Victor Blakey -- Lonesome Road Home

Lonesome Road Home

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

Long days and long nights make the trip home a lonely time. This old cowboy is looking forward to a real bed and some hot food and someone to talk to.

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Victor Blakey -- She's All Business

She's All Business

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

Hard hitting cattle woman with no time for none sense.

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Victor Blakey -- Riding Point

Riding Point

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

The point man, also called the point rider or lead rider, is the cowboy who rides near the front of the herd—determining the direction, controlling the speed, and giving the cattle something to follow. Larger herds sometimes necessitate the use of two point men. An honored position on the drive, this job is reserved for more experienced hands who know the country through which they are traveling.

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Victor Blakey -- Juan

Roping a Calf

Oil on Canvas -- 40" x 30" x 1"

Rounding up strays is just one of the duties for a cowboy. This cowboy is headed home as soon as he gets the calf in the pen.

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Victor Blakey -- Experience Counts

Experience Counts

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

This ranch hand has knowledge learned over many years working cattle drives and running his own ranch.

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Victor Blakey -- Preparing the Lasso

Preparing the Lasso

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

Rooted in necessity and shaped by the land, the Mexican cowboy tradition influenced the origin of cowboys. This Vaquero is very skilled at roping cattle.

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Victor Blakey -- Juan

Juan

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

The native cowboys were called vaqueros (from the Spanish word for cow) and developed roping skills which were necessary for cattle drives and ranching.

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Victor Blakey -- Slim

Slim

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

Slim represent the traditional cowboy. He is strong and steadfast. Slim knows the difference from right and wrong. Even though he is quite and calm, everyone knows you don't mess with Slim.

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Victor Blakey -- Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

Large red bull.

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Victor Blakey -- End of the Day

End of the Day

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

Looking content, this old cowboy is sitting on the step in front of the barn door having a cigarette and resting. Hard work is a part of his everyday life.

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Victor Blakey -- Horse Thief

Horse Thief

Oil on Canvas -- 20" x 16" x 1"

Horse thieves, cattle rustlers, and bandits were a common part of the west as law and order struggle to overcome some of the worst of these characters.

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Victor Blakey -- The Law

The Law

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

In a time of lawlessness, there were lawmen who commanded respect. The struggle was an everyday fight to keep control over thieves, bandits, rustlers and outlaws.This lawman fought them all.

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Victor Blakey -- Tribal Pride

Tribal Pride

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

When I finished this painting, I could feel some sorrow in his face, but I could see he had many accomplishments that are demonstrated by the feathers he wore.

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Victor Blakey -- Buddies

Buddies

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

A man and his horse is a bond that cannot be broken. No matter why they are getting ready to ride, it only matters that they are together.

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Victor Blakey -- Precious

Precious

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

Large Brahma bulls are commonly found grazing in the pastures in Texas and Oklahoma. I saw this bull enjoying a warm summer day grazing near a fence and I just had to stop and take his picture. I knew I had to paint him. I entered his painting of Precious and was accepted into the Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-sixth Annual National Exhibition to be held at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio from May 12 through June 10, 2017.

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Victor Blakey -- Cattle King

Cattle King

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

Cattlemen have been a large part of the remarkable and colorful history of Texas. This distinguished and confident rancher is a part of that history.

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Victor Blakey -- Remember Me

Remember Me

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

When I started this painting, his face just came to me. I wondered what his life meant to him; what was his heritage; what were his dreams? He must have meant a great deal to his people. I am not a historian, but I want to remember him. Perhaps his grim face was a prelude to what came next.

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Victor Blakey -- Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

This cowboy has been away for a while. He is now back where he wants be be, riding the range.

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Victor Blakey -- A Cowboy's Best Friend

A Cowboy's Best Friend

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 1"

The most important possession of any cowboy was his horse and saddle.

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Victor Blakey -- On the Job

On the Job

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 24" x 1"

This cowboy is a "jack of all trades." He needs to know how to fix things, how to take care of animals, how to handle cattle, how to build a fence, how to care for crops -- the list is varied and nearly endless.

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Victor Blakey -- Mocha and Cream

Mocha and Cream

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

Mocha and Cream was painted with a heavy use of shadows and light. I used a very dark background to illuminate the beautiful feature of this horse's face. Looking at this painting, I thought it looked like a really good cup of coffee. Many shades of soft browns topped off with a hint of pure cream.

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Victor Blakey -- Grit and a Shotgun

Grit and a Shotgun

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 24" x 1"

It took grit and a shotgun to protect his ranch from horse thieves, cattle rustlers and Comanches. . Life was hard and the ranch work was never done. This cowboy reflects the hard life of a small ranch owner.

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Victor Blakey -- Three Feathers

Three Feathers

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

I painted this Native American and I called him Three Feathers. He is adorned with an intricate bear claw necklace that provides him great protection and he is feeling comfort and harmony from his scared ghost shirt.

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Victor Blakey -- Papa

Papa

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 48" x 1"

Texas ranchers using the Chisholm Trail started on the route from South Texas to the railroads in Abilene, Kansas and this bull is a good example of the type of cattle seen on that drive.

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Victor Blakey -- Running Paint

Running Paint

Oil on Canvas -- 36" x 48" x 1"

Each Paint Horse has a particular combination of white and another color of the equine spectrum. This horse did live in a pasture in Frisco, Texas. I watched him almost daily, but the incredible growth north of Dallas took away several of the little pastures. I walked down one day to watch him and found that all the horses had been moved. Really made me sad.

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Victor Blakey -- Born Beautiful

Born Beautiful

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

Beautiful black horse sporting a new saddle

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Victor Blakey -- The Elder

The Elder

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

The American Plains Native American led a rough and harsh life which is depicted in this face of a tribal leader.

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Victor Blakey -- Decision to Fight

Decision to Fight

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

When I start a new painting of a Native American, it is difficult to separate the real from the myth that perpetuates the fighting spirit of these brave men. While developing the face of this man, I could see he was struggling with a great decision. He is the defender of his way of life, the custodian of his land. I wanted to depict the remarkable strength in each feature in his face and the conflict he must be experiencing.

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Victor Blakey -- The Quarter Horse

The Quarter Horse

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

The American Quarter horse is known for speed. However, this horse just enjoys living on a beautiful ranch in southern Oklahoma.

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Victor Blakey -- Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 18" x 1"

Painting of a white spirited horse with a spectacular flowing mane emerging from a black background to emphasize his wild look.

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Victor Blakey -- Riding Spirit

Riding Spirit

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

Before the horse, the Indians were mostly nomadic. Once they mastered the horse, their lives changed forever. The Indians became the best horsemen that anyone had ever seen. The man and the horse appeared to be so fused together, that it appeared to be only one living creature.

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Victor Blakey -- Big & Bad

Big & Bad

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

I was driving the back roads in Oklahoma when I saw a huge Brahma bull standing near the fence. I just had to stop and look at him. He looked huge. I took several pictures of him and he didn't seem to mind. He must weigh over 2000 lbs. I've seen Brahmas before, but this guy had a bigger hump and lots of hanging skin with a dark colored hump and glaring eyes. Once I started painting him everyone that saw it said he looked big and bad, hence his name.

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Victor Blakey -- Stormy

Stormy

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 1"

Some of the colors I used to paint this beautiful brown horse were Burnt Sienna, Ultra Marine Blue and a hint of Yellow Ochre. I wanted to focus on his face and the gentleness in his eyes.

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Victor Blakey -- Prince

Prince

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 1"

This special horse lived in the small pasture near my house in Frisco, Texas. I watched him nearly every day. I heard he was going to be moved to another pasture which made me very sad. How could I lose the joy of seeing him? Paint him of course!

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Victor Blakey -- Great Chief

Great Chief

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

Neither common place or casual, this chief led many war parties, and was the strongest and bravest of all the fighters. This man must have been a great chief. As I painted his face, I felt that he may have been the last of the greatest generation.

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Victor Blakey -- Solemn Resistance

Solemn Resistance

Oil on Canvas -- 40" x 30" x 1"

When new territories and states were organized in the West, it became clear that Native Americans could not roam at will over tens of thousands of square miles as they had for many years. This man will resist silently.

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Victor Blakey -- Midnight

Midnight

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 18" x 1"

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This painting portrays a magnificent black stallion that was developed with a monochromatic approach to signify this special breed of horses.

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Victor Blakey -- Western Sky

Western Sky

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 40" x 1"

Beautiful auburn horse running across a late afternoon western sky.

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Victor Blakey -- Mug Shot

Mug Shot

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

Profile of a Longhorn.

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Victor Blakey -- Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Oil on Canvas -- 40" x 30" x 1"

The spirit of a horse is difficult to define, however, the horse is immersed in legends, myths, and folk tales. This painting just explores this horse's grace and beauty.

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Victor Blakey -- Inner Strength

Inner Strength

Oil on Canvas -- 28" x 22" x 1"

When I started painting this man’s face, I wish I could tell his story. Maybe the lines in his face represent the strength it took to face his many struggles, hardships, and defeats.

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Victor Blakey -- Dark Star

Dark Star

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 18" x 1"

This beautiful dark brown horse is another example of the beauty and grace that horses bring to us. I approached this painting very much like any portrait with an emphasis on realism.

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Victor Blakey -- Angel

Angel

Oil on Canvas -- 30" x 24" x 1"

In mythology, the white horse may be viewed as supernatural, but this white horse just looks like an angel, therefore I will call him “Angel”.

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Victor Blakey -- Blaze

Blaze

Oil on Canvas -- 20" x 16" x 1"

This is a classic profile of a beautiful horse, painted with burnt sienna, raw umber, and yellow ochre. This portrait celebrates the simple beauty of this glorious animal.

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Victor Blakey -- Three Beauties

Three Beauties

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 1"

Faces of three beautiful horses I found living near my house in a suburb of Dallas. The flowing manes give a sense of movement.

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Victor Blakey -- Old Red

Old Red

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 1"

I first saw “Old Red” on a hot day in July during the cattle drive in Ft. Worth. His head was hung low and he looked tired. I had to lift his head and shorten his horns to fit him on my canvas.

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Victor Blakey -- Flying Mane

Flying Mane

Oil on Canvas -- 18" x 24" x 2"

With intelligence, sensitivity and his mane flying behind him, this horse is absolutely beautiful. I tried to paint him with a sense of motion and speed.

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Victor Blakey -- Tex

Tex

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 30" x 1"

The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth and there is where I found this old longhorn.

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Victor Blakey -- Gus

Gus

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 1"

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His name is Gus; he weighs about 2200 pounds. Brahmas have been bred as beef cattle, but not Gus. He lives in a small pasture next to the post office in Addison, Texas. I just had to stop and take his picture and he didn't seem to mind since he was eating on a stack of hay.

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Victor Blakey -- The Indian Paint

The Indian Paint

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 1"

Reddish brown spots dominate a white back ground on this galloping horse. The The Indian Paint horse represents the essence of freedom. Few colors were needed to create motion and contrast.

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Victor Blakey -- Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight

Oil on Canvas -- 24" x 36" x 3/4"

This painting will make its debut in the September edition of Southwest Art magazine.

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