ANN HANSON captures the heart and soul of the West in her paintings;  she wants you to feel like you have been there and can reach out and grab the moment.  Hanson paints with oils and pastels, and is noted for her very realistic and highly detailed paintings. “I love capturing the subtleties of day to day life and portraying the small snippets that look into the lives and hearts of my friends and neighbors.” 

Every spring, over fifty of the finest female western artists—and thousands of collectors, patrons, enthusiasts and tourists—descend upon the Old West town of  Wickenberg,  Arizona to enjoy Cowgirl Up: Art From the Other Half of the West. Now in its tenth year, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum event—which was created to celebrate and recognize the cultural contribution of the West’s women artists—consists of an impressive art exhibit and sale, several gala social events, and a unique opportunity for artists to mix and mingle with their public. Artist participation is by invitation, ensuring a prestigious collection of paintings, sculpture and drawings that reward both buyer and artist.

WHERE: Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona
WHENMarch 20-22 (Opening Gala & events) Works on exhibit through May 3, 2015
TICKETSFor reservations call: 928.684.2272 –

KATHLEEN FRANKwas born and raised in Northern California and had the good fortune of being surrounded by teachers and artists.  She earned a BA in Design and a K-12 teaching credential from San Jose State University, and taught art in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Later, Frank earned a MA degree with an emphasis in printmaking from Pennsylvania State University. Kathleen now paints the landscapes of her three homes: California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.

SHARON MARKWARDThas a degree in Fine Art and, as the daughter of an artist, has always created things.  A major shift in her work, however,  occurred in 2006 when she began riding horses.  Alone and injured after a bad fall, she managed to climb back on, and it gave her a new sense of courage and boldness.  Sharon moved from watercolor to oils, and with her color perception altered, her subject matter was suddenly colorful western and equine.

Trips throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California in the family station wagon formed strong memories of the Southwest for Terry Cooke Hall in the 50s and 60s. Her passion for art led her to numerous classes, workshops, and university extension courses in graphic design and illustration. She has studied under several nationally known artists, most notably Robert Moore and Michael Steirnagle. After moving to Bozeman, Montana, Terry and her daughter, artist Whitney Hall, founded Cobalt Moose Art Studios where Terry is a full-time painter focusing on her “Modern Visions of a Timeless West.”

Ethelinda was born in Hawaii to an artistic family. Her mother, also an artist, studied with Nicolai Fechin and influenced Ethelinda’s love of painting. Ethelinda studied art and English literature in college, and went on to learn French in Switzerland. She traveled extensively, spending time in New York, before settling in New Mexico. Ethelinda says, “Perhaps this is why my artwork is so diverse. I paint what is around me—right now, in New Mexico, it is horses.”

Laurie Lee’s interest in art began when she was very young. Having an artistic mother provided her with opportunities to explore that interest, and continue to develop what would become her passion and future career. Lee’s  subjects usually involve western themes that are, in part, obtained by helping with local cattle drives, attending brandings, and generally, just living life out west. 

Sheila Cottrell’s roots in the West go way back. In the early 1800s, her ancestors settled in Texas and later went by wagon train to Arizona. The Old West is an integral part of Cottrell’s family history and most of her paintings of the Old West come from family lore. Cottrell’s early years were especially influenced by Frank Tenney Johnson’s paintings. Artist James Reynolds has also had a lasting influence and worked extensively with Cottrell in his Arizona studio. Cottrell paints exclusively in oil.

AM Stockhillchooses to paint the essence of her subject matter, capturing its strength, passion and beauty. Fascinated by the possibilities and impact of combining texture with subject matter, AM has taken her work in new and exciting directions. Subtle, earthy colors lend an air of uniqueness to the subject matter, whether wildlife or landscapes.


has been painting for over forty–five years. A recipient of a BFA degree in painting and graphic arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she works with a richness of color that illuminates the intensity of sunlight upon her varied subject matter. Stewart’s  work is both traditional and representational in style, and she paints figurative as well as landscape and still life; but the majority of her work is western and equine subjects. The history and tradition of the American West inspires much of her work.