Colorado: A different kind of ranch, a different kind of cowboy artist
The Denver Post
The sky at Chico Basin Ranch seems impossibly vast, befitting the rolling landscape it covers like a pale blue bowl: 87,000 grass-cloaked acres, studded with five spring-fed lakes and, depending on the season, up to 2,500 cattle.
The ranch, situated in an empty place on the map more than 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, is a cowboy’s paradise. That means it is also paradise for any cowboy artist worth his paint.
Which is where the two Dukes come in, a pair of princes in their respective realms and visionaries to boot.
Duke Phillips is the rancher. Duke Beardsley is the artist. Together, in a fusion of commerce and conservation that could only happen in the open West, the two do what is possible to summon
The two men are mavericks of a sort. They operate within a tradition, yet stand apart from it.
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