Over in Snyder, Texas, the Tongue River Ranch has its very own artist in residence. Though, you may not believe cowboy Brian Asher has time to create professional art after a long day in the saddle.
Asher loves cattle ranching and the hard-working lifestyle that comes with it. But money doesn’t always roll in after a hard day’s work and he needed a new way to pay the bills.
As he tells the Texas Country Reporter “When you get to your mid-30s, and you’ve cowboyed all your adult life, and you’re starving to death, you need to figure out something else.”
Asher didn’t just grab any old job at the convenience store at night. He sketches magnificent works of art that reflect ranch life in infinite, lifelike detail. The pencil-on-paper pieces show off the beauty of the horses on the range, young cowboys working away and the dirt and sweat that comes with his profession.
The attention to detail gives his work a photorealistic edge that captures the beautiful cowboy dream that brought Asher into his line of work to begin with. Each hair on a horse’s back gets included in the finished piece.
He says it shows that the cowboy lifestyle is as alive as it was back in the 1800s and his work helps to share that vision.
Asher runs his own website to sell his pieces and get the word out. You can get a look at his artistic process in the Texas Country Reporter‘s interview below: