In Young Sheepherder by James Bama, you get to meet Duke Early. On break from college, Early worked as a sheepherder for the Sleeper Ranch in Wyoming’s Oregon Basin – a very tough job. Like all sheepherders, the young man spent months at a time living alone in the wilderness as he led his herd down the rugged Rocky Mountains. His lifeline to the world was his “tender,” a ranch hand who brought him food and supplies once or twice a week. For company, he depended on his faithful sheep dog. Today, he is a fish and game warden for the state of Wyoming.
Bama sold his first Western fine art painting soon after the move. The distinctive work of James Bama combines tradition with modern realities. In his much-acclaimed studies, Bama shows the contemporary West preserving its traditional culture. His portraits of inhabitants of the plains and mountains capture the true character of the West. Today the paintings of James Bama are part of many prestigious collections. Bama has been represented in major exhibitions throughout the West and has been presented in one-man shows in New York City. Bantam Books published The Western Art of James Bama in 1975 and The Art of James Bama in 1993.
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