Dan Deuter paints live at Cogswell Gallery in Vail Village on Friday, Aug. 28 | VailDaily.com

Dan Deuter paints live at Cogswell Gallery in Vail Village on Friday, Aug. 28

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What: Dan Deuter live painting and artist reception.

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

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

Cost: Admission is free.

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

Cogswell Gallery will welcome Colorado oil painter Dan Deuter for a special showcase and a live painting demonstration on Friday, Aug. 28. 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, and the family ranch was ripe with history, with countless tipi rings and two pre-Columbian buffalo jumps left behind by earlier inhabitants.

Inspired by his own life and environment, Deuter fostered a love for history and the Old West and 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,” he 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 discovered his true passion. 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.

Deuter 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, the artist’s love of the Old West — its history and people — is still evident in his paintings of North American bison, horses, Native Americans, 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.

For more information on Deuter, visit http://www.cogswellgallery.com/dan-deuter.