AWARDS & COLLECTIONS:
- Patrons Choice Award, International Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas
- Purchase Award, International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, Permanent Collection
- Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona, Best of Show for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement in any Media for grouping including Bluff Called, Through the Pass and A Colt Named Sonny, 1920
“A Slight gold reflection lingers, scraping the last of the day’s long shadow. A piercing whistle is returned from across the canyon, a rattling of sabers. Guttural sounds of raging passion and eyes red with territorial mania express the need to dominate and procreate. Bluff is called. One not yet strong enough will soon be sulking in the safety of a stand of crowded pines where he’ll blow and plot revenge for another day.”
There brushed with yellow and red, a reflection lingers,
smoothing the scant shadows of the day.
A piercing whistle is returned from across the canyon,
ranking dominance coveted.
The reactive thrashing of an evergreen,
incites immature courage.
Deep cavernous rumbling, accented by high-pitched bugles,
perforates the air.
A young challenger succinct in his determination,
driven by the right to the ascendancy of power, strides forth.
Sabers clash, big based horns declare
the doctrine of strength.
Nearby, clusters of dense aspens,
covering for one not yet strong enough.
Sulking, blowing in the safety of the stand of trees,
plots this youngster, revenge for another day.
All aggression is consequential, bluff is called,
the seasons pass, an interlude, a day will come.
Sherry Salari Sander