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Harry Jackson wrote, “For the first time with these figures [Gunsil and Cowboy’s Meditation] I had the irresistible urge to paint them, starting with the oldest of them, the man on horseback, the most complete of them [Cowboy’s Meditation]. I wanted to get him in fine focus, I didn’t want him to be the same color as his horse, or his vest the same color as his shirt, or his white forehead with the sun kept off by his hat the same color as his weathered face. I wanted to use everything I could in order to articulate and bear witness to this man. All of a sudden I had to state everything there, to construct the three dimensions and put in the shade and light, to create a fully realized form. I really cared about every bit. Every detail was like a universe in and of itself”

The Estate of Harry Jackson

Larry Pointer and Donald Goodard, Harry Jackson (New York, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1981), page 189, plate 246, example illustrated

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