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Cogswell Gallery hosts genuine Western oil painter Dan Deuter, Aug. 13

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Western artist Dan Deuter will paint live at Cogswell Gallery in Vail Village on Saturday, Aug. 13.
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If you go …

What: Dan Deuter live painting and artist reception

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.

Where: Cogswell Gallery, 223 Gore Creek Drive, Vail Village.

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Call 970-476-1769, or visit www.cogswellgallery.com.

VAIL — Cogswell Gallery will welcome Colorado oil painter Dan Deuter to the gallery for a special showcase and a live painting demonstration today. Deuter is nationally recognized for combining his personal experience with historical research to create genuine Western scenes.

Born in 1949 in Rees Heights, Deuter was raised in the tradition of a true South Dakota cowboy. He grew up on the family cattle ranch, breaking ponies and then horses with his brothers from a very early age. Horseback riding was not only a fun pastime for Deuter — it was his job. He lived for a brief time in Alaska working as a horse-wrangler and hunting guide but spent the majority of his youth on the ranch living the cowboy lifestyle.

Love is Born

The family ranch was rife with history, with countless tipi rings and two pre-Columbian buffalo jumps left behind by earlier inhabitants on its land. Amongst these surroundings, Deuter began to foster a love for history and the Old West. Inspired by his own life and environment, he began drawing when he was very young.

“I knew early on that I wanted to be an artist. …When we were little, our parents bought us reams of paper instead of coloring books, which gave me a big advantage,” the artist said. “I didn’t have to stay inside the lines.”

He continued to draw avidly throughout his childhood until he was 21, when he first tried his hand at painting and realized it was his true passion.

Developing his personal style

In 1988, Deuter moved to Colorado and continued to follow his passion for history and the Wild West, becoming director of Fort Uncompahgre Living History Museum. There, he developed an interpretive program, featured on the Discovery Channel. He also worked as a buffalo-hunting guide, leading 1870s-style hunts on horseback, using Sharps rifles. These hunts were televised on both the Outdoor and Versus Channels.

All the while, Deuter was working with well-known artists, developing his skill and personal style.

Today, Deuter’s love of the Old West — its history and people — is still evident in his paintings of North American bison, horses, Indians, cowboys and wildlife of the late 1800s.

His realistic and often action-packed paintings are noted for their historical accuracy and detail and hang in collections worldwide.