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F r o m Ma r kT wa i nt oCo r ma cMc Ca r t hy ,f r o mJ o hnF o r dt ot heCo e nbr o t he r s ,f r o m So nso ft hePi o ne e r s t oBo bDy l a n,wr i t e r s ,s i ng e r s ,a ndfil mma k e r sha v et o l ds t o r i e sv o i c i ngt heha r ds c r a bbl ewi s do mo fo ur k i ns hi pwi t ht hee a r t ha nda l li t si nha bi t a nt s .L i k ec o wpo k e sa r o undac a mpfir e ,pa i nt e r sRo yDeF o r e s t ( 19302007)a ndDa naHa r t St o ne( b.1956)a l s ot e l lt a l e s .T he i runs t i nt i ngpa i nt i ng sa r epr o v i s i o na l e nc a mpme nt s ,ho no r i ngf a t he r s ,a nc e s t o r s ,a ndt hec o ndi t i o na ls e l fa sfil t e r e dt hr o ug ht hema s c ul i ne my t ho l o g i e so ft heWe s t e r nAme r i c a nl a nds c a pea ndt hes y nt a xo fpa i nt i ng . Re no wne da ndbe l o v e dBa yAr e aa r t i s tRo yDeF o r e s t ’ sdr a wi ng s ,pa i nt i ng s ,a nda s s e mbl a g e sa r es ui g e ne r i s .Hi si di o s y nc r a t i c ,e v e nv i s i o na r ywo r ks t r a ddl e st het e r r a i nbe t we e nfig ur a t i o na nda bs t r a c t i o n a ndde pl o y saf o r ma ll e x i c o nt ha ti saflue ntmi xo fme t ho dsa ndma t e r i a l s .Co mbi ni nghi sf o r ma lphy s i c a l i t ywi t har a mbunc t i o uss t e wo fc huc kwa g o ni c o no g r a phy ,DeF o r e s tc r e a t e dt e nde r l ywhi ms i c a l f a ux na ï v eo de st ot hea g r a r i a nl i f e .Ra bbi t s ,s t e e r ,c r o ws ,ho r s e s ,a ndhi si c o ni cdo g sa r er o pe di nt o qui r k i l ya ni ma t e ds c e na r i o sdr a wnf r o m pr a i r i es i l ho ue t t e s . 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