The paintings of Sal Vasquez have a western influence, the
artist's oils are inspired by cowboys and rodeos. After 35 years
in commercial art Sal retired a few years ago, but didn't retire
from art. Although he paints landscapes, Vasquez's obvious
loves are horses and western life.  "I enjoy the challenge
painting horses," he said. "They are incredible animals-very
strong, regal and intelligent animals. "And they all have their
own personalities.  And I try to capture that personality in my

His "We got'em cornered!" which shows a cowgirl and her horse
cornering a small herd of calves, won a third place medal in
2008 at the the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace in  the
San Francisco Bay Area.  It also garnered third-place in Equine
Vision Magazines "Horses in Art" 2008 summer issue.  

A Southern California native, Vasquez grew up near the Arroyo
Seco, and its section in Alhambra dubbed "Artist Alley" because
of  the many artists who live there.  Those artist included Sam
Hyde Harris, Don Miles, Karl Albert, Jimmy Swinerton, Frank
Tenny Johnson, and in the summer months, Norman Rockwell.  
Although Vasquez grew up in neighboring San Gabriel, in his
mid-20's he met and struck up a lifelong friendship with Sam
Hyde Harris, and accompanied Harris, Miles, and Albert on
several painting excursions.  "They were early California
landscape artist," Vasquez explained. " That's where I
developed my love of painting landscapes.  " It was a wonderful
opportunity, but I really didn't know they would become so highly
respected in art circles. The older I get the more I realize how
much I learned from them."

Vasquez attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles where
he met movie poster artist Reynold Brown and western artist
Don "Putt" Putman.  "The artist I met and studied with greatly
influenced my love of Western Art," Vasquez captures the
Western way of life in his paintings.  "I have a 'feeling' when I
paint, and I want others to feel it when they are viewing the

"I can't really describe the feeling, but it's there in each
painting." It's just something that comes from within.
Artist Sal Vasquez
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