VAIL --Texans - and those who have frequented the Lone Star State --will likely be drawn to Robert Pummill's latest work, on display at Claggett/Rey Gallery in Vail beginning Thursday. An artist reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery.
With a central focus on the Western theme and hill-country landscapes, Pummill is well-known as a Western artist.
"It is a subject matter that I enjoy and am really interested in," Pummill said.
Whether his painting is of rolling hills overlooking the Guadalupe River or a striking sunset behind a peaceful meadow of bluebonnets, just looking at his work can make you feel as if you are standing in the hill country.
"I love his body of work," said Tom Bassett, sales director at Claggett/Rey Gallery. "Looking at his paintings makes me want to go there."
With Pummill's hometown being Kerville, Texas, he is very familiar with the scenery that he paints.
In his serene painting "Near the Guadalupe," hundreds of bluebonnets dot a hillside, embodying the phrase "intricate yet simple."
Some of his work also includes Native American subjects. For the most part, he focuses his paintings on life in the 1840s to 1900s.
He has been painting as a full-time studio artist since the 1970s.
"We've represented him for almost 20 years, and he is one of the finest painters of the hill country and of Texas," Bill said.
A few artists whom Pummill admires are John Sargent, Frederic Remington, N.C. Wyeth and some of the French Impressionists. However, he does believe that some of the greatest artists are still alive and working.
Claggett/Rey Gallery was initially attracted to his paintings because of the masculine qualities in his work and how he is not intimidated by large canvases.
His most recent paintings are of tranquil Texas scenes, be they misty mornings or the fading light of a spring day.
"The feedback about his work has been extraordinarily positive," Bassett said.
Pummill has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector magazines.
His newest landscape paintings can be found in the most prestigious collections around the world.
"As artists, we paint so that we can keep on painting," Pummill said.
According to Rey, Pummill has reached the point in his career where he's doing what he wants to do, with no real deadlines.
"He is at a wonderful place in life where he is painting for himself and hopes the public responds to it, which they do," Rey said.
Mary Kelley Zeleskey is an intern at the Vail Daily and can be reached at 970-777-3120.