© 2014, Elizabeth Zimmerman; this painting should not be reposted or
reproduced without permission;
Watercolor, 15" x 17"
nimble hooves flash as they break into a lope and the cowboy moves
effortlessly with his steed. Then the request to turn on a dime as
they go after a calf, and the Appaloosa responds immediately because
he wants to. It's the partnership of horse and rider that drew me to
create 'Cowboy Cadence,' that moment when they think as one."
Elizabeth is fresh to the world of Cowboy
Western Art. As a sixth-generation Oregonian, she was raised in
the Willamette Valley on her parents’ 5-acre hobby farm. She had
little adventures with her best friend, a Shetland/Welsh pony
Even though Elizabeth never grew up on a ranch, she worked for
three summers at Boy Scout camps as a horse wrangler where she
experienced a taste of the cowboy life. She worked near Dufur,
Oregon at Camp Baldwin teaching scouts about horses and leading
trail rides along with participating in the cowboy campfire
reciting poems and strumming her guitar. After two years of
working with the CL Bar herd of horses, she tried her hand at
working in New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch. While in New
Mexico, Elizabeth topped off horses, shoed, jingled, and
participated in an 18 mile burro drive. Along the way she took
many photos of the cowboys, cowgirls, horses, and the scenery to
use as references for her paintings. Many of the watercolor
paintings are based on these first-hand experiences.
Now, years after working as a wrangler, Elizabeth attends a
couple western events a year to photograph more references for
her watercolor paintings. Many of the watercolors have a story
behind them, which usually features cowboys and cowgirls she has
met. She first learned how to manipulate watercolors in 2005 in
a class at a senior center in Eugene, Oregon. She continued her
art education with an Associates of Science in Fine Art at
Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon and then
graduated in 2012 with Bachelors in Fine Art degree from Oregon
College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon.
Currently, Elizabeth is working full time as a Graphic Design
Assistant for a family-owned company in Portland, Oregon. She
lives in Gresham, Oregon with her husband, John and cat, Dash,
who accept the ever-present paintings, frames, and piles of
paper that have crept out of her studio and onto the kitchen
table. She accepts commissions and continues to find venues to
showcase her watercolor paintings.
Elizabeth’s paintings have been shown at the Hoffman Gallery
(Portland, Oregon), Thirst Bistro (Portland, Oregon), North
Santiam Hall (Albany, Oregon), Fall Festival Showcase
(Corvallis, Oregon), and Scandinavian Festival (Junction City,
Oregon). She has received many honors, including having her art
and designs featured on multiple wine labels: 2012 Oak Knoll
Rose Festival Collectors Series Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Rosé
of Pinot Noir; and Thirst Bistro's red and white table wines.
Elizabeth’s art has also been recognized for honorable mention
at the Yamhill Lavender Festival Plein Air Art Show (2012). Her
most recent recognition is Best of Show in Watercolor at St.
Paul Rodeo Wild West Art Show (2014) in St. Paul, Oregon.
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