Romantic notions of the Old West have been around as long as western expansion began.
In Sunset Trail, I provide a glimpse of the idealized West - dusty trails, big skies, and a hero in a white hat. The scene features the Lone Ranger and his horse Silver, raring up to fight the bad guys. Our heroes sit atop a Sunset Trail cigar can and books on Western singer Roy Rogers.
Sunset Trail is a good example of using still life art techniques to portray more modern subjects and themes. For example, if you look at a painting from over 400 years ago by one of the Dutch Masters, you will see the same techniques used in here: multiple background layers to add color depth, a smooth surface appearance, and rich detail on the still life objects themselves.
The circa 1950s Lone Ranger action figure is marvelous - you wind the key and the lasso swings! The vintage cigar can caught my eye in an antique store because of its graceful oval shape and the graphic on the front. Its $750 price tag was too steep for me, so I had to pass it by. Later, I found another one in a different store for far less and I snapped it up!
If you would like to see more of this Lone Ranger toy, I invite you to check out Hi Yo Silver.