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We're pleased to feature "Wake up Call" by noted Western artist Steve Devenyns  (www.stevedevenyns.com) of Wyoming as a special Winter/Christmas Art Spur subject

© 2010, Steve Devenyns; this painting should not be reposted or reproduced without permission; www.stevedevenyns.com
"Wake up Call"


Steve Devenyns comments, "In my work I strive to portray the relationship between a rancher and the animals and land in his care. 'Wake up Call' is a great example of this theme."



About Steve Devenyns

excerpted from www.stevedevenyns.com

Steve Devenyns was born with the talent to visualize and create. However, his direction did not merge with his talent until an automobile accident allowed him the opportunity to focus on his God given ability. During a nine month recuperation period in 1974, the artist began unfolding and discovering the layers of his creativity. Steve's bareback and saddlebronc riding, as well as his pre-veterinary studies at CSU were put aside and the pursuit of his artistic talent began. It continues today. His dedication to quality and perfection has lead to a successful career as a self-taught artist. His work today is a reflection of the input and friendship of several well known artists that have helped and supported Steve throughout his career. Ray Swanson, Robert Tommey, Jim Wilcox, Tucker Smith and John Kittelson have all had a tremendous influence in Steve's work.

Raised in Colorado, Devenyns has always enjoyed wildlife, the west and open spaces. As a boy, his love for livestock and horses put him in a saddle or near a rodeo. The lifestyle Steve enjoys today that takes him to the places that he paints. He is a horseman and outdoorsman that enjoys time in the mountains or with rancher friends working livestock. Devenyns is selective of the West that he paints. His story of the West is told in episodes that reveal moments he knows to be true from personal experience. "I prefer to paint the cowboys of today, the ones I've worked with on horseback. Their work isn't always glamorous, but they are fortunate in so many ways. It's a life they love, and you can't pry them out of the saddle. I want to capture on canvas what they feel and see, as well as their independence and dedication." No extravagant, wreck a minute, action-packed scenes, but simple, pure stories are found in a Devenyns painting. One reason he paints contemporary life is to prove that the openness and the chance for freedom still exists ... if you want it bad enough.

Steve Devenyns is one of the finest western and wildlife artists painting today. That fact is a testimony of his talent, diligence and destiny. From decisions he has made, to those made for him, his life has culminated into the stories told in his paintings.

Devenyns has talent, vision and the diligence to make his dreams reality. Devenyns works have received numerous awards and accolades including:

The purchase of his paintings "Happy Hour" and “In the Wings” for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

In 1997, Steve was chosen “Artist of the Quarter” and “Artist of the Year” for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. His painting "Fringe Benefits" was the RMEF Anniversary Print and Stamp and was an immediate sellout.

Devenyns is a 3 time Gold Medal winner at the George Phippen Memorial Art Show in Prescott, Arizona.

In 2002 the Foundation for North American Sheep named Steve "Artist of the Year."

In 2005, he was the Featured Painter at the Bradford Brinton Museum.

In 2006 at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, his painting "The Spirit of Wyoming" won the People's Choice Award.
In 2010, he received the “Red Smith Artist’s Choice” Award at the Western Visions Show in Jackson, Wyoming.

In 2011, Featured Artist at ”America’s Horse in Art” Show and “Buffalo Bill” Art Show.

Art Talk Magazine once described Devenyns as, "a major talent in the use of oil paint to depict the life of the West."

Over the years Devenyns has been a "featured artist" and his work has graced the covers of many prestigious art publications, including:

Art of the West & Southwest Art
Today’s Horse
Rocky Mountain Rider
Inform Art & U.S. Art
Western Horseman
Nebraska Cattleman
New Mexico Stockman Journal
Super Looper
America’s Horse

Steve Devenyns' painting, "Praise is the Best Teacher" appeared on Western Horseman's May, 2014 cover, his fourth cover for the magazine. Inside, there's a profile by Senior Editor Jennifer Denison. Find more in a Cody Enterprise article by Corey Morris, here.




Devenyns Limited Editions
1435 Southfork Rd.
Cody, WY 82414
800-966-7623 or 307-587-6867





Steve Devenyns' Art


Below are a few sample images of Steve Devenyns' work. Find more about him and his art at www.SteveDevenyns.com.



Moonlit Memories

The Wonder of it All

Ridin' High and Dry



Moonlit Memories

© Steve Devenyns; this painting should not be reposted or reproduced without permission; www.stevedevenyns.com

"Moonlit Memories"



The Wonder of it All

© Steve Devenyns; this painting should not be reposted or reproduced without permission; www.stevedevenyns.com

"The Wonder of it All"


Ridin' High and Dry

© Steve Devenyns; this painting should not be reposted or reproduced without permission; www.stevedevenyns.com

"Ridin' High and Dry"






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