Old Vaquero Sayings

“He who does not expect to win is already defeated.”



“Study the things that interest you, that awaken your imagination and nature will keep you sound.” —Maynard Dixon

“Throw your heart into the picture and then jump in after it.” —Howard Pyle

“The story is the first thing and the last thing.”  —Norman Rockwell

“The cowboy doesn’t need an iron horse, but covers his country on one that eats grass and wears hair.” —Charles Marion Russell

“The artist must know more than the camera.” —Frederic Remington

Remington’s artistic record of the Spanish American War of 1898 survives and remains an important illustrative record of the conflict. Courtesy Amon Carter Museum of American Art


“I had to get my camera to register things that were more important than how poor they were—their pride, their strength, their spirit.”  —Dorothea Lange

“I don’t know who said ‘pictures don’t lie.’ It couldn’t have been a photographer.” —Linda Palmer

“There are two ways for a painter: the broad and easy one or the narrow and hard one.” —Mary Cassatt

“I hope the time will never come when I shall feel satisfied. To reach the goal of one’s ambitions must be tragic.” —N.C. Wyeth 

In 1904, N.C. Wyeth’s mentor, Howard Pyle, encouraged the young Eastern artist to go West like Frederic Remington and immerse himself in the cowboy way of life. Wyeth’s cowboying resulted in Above the Sea of Round, Shiny Backs the Thin Loops Swirled and Shot into Volumes of Dust, circa 1904.
Courtesy Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Gift of John M. Schiff


“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” —Georgia O’Keeffe

“When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway.” —Winslow Homer


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