Rodeo is part of what I call the "American Spirit". There are rodeo circuits all across America. This one is in Westminster, SC. It offers small town, easy access evenings of good fun...good food and I felt very safe to walk around and get my photos. I have found rodeos to offer lots of textures while demonstrating the camaraderie of American Cowboys.
This is a series worked from actual pictures provided me by US soldiers in Afghanistan. Through them I talk about what we ask a soldier to do...how we train them to hold a gun...the clothes they wear...the landscape they live 24/7 in... the trucks they drive. Many of these young men have served 3 tours of duty. Some have matured on tour from teenage boys to mature men. Most have survived the harshest of conditions. They have been trapped and isolated. I am so please to have the opportunity to paint this wonderful team of men. They are home now. God's speed to them.
The conquistadors of Spain brought their horses by boat down ramps and onto the island of Vieques in the 1600's. Due to the random breeding of 4 types of Spanish horse, these Vieques horses are now known for their 4 beat gait, a natural bred gait...a gait that makes riding a
comfortable experience. Their name is The Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino. Owners may not have the land resources or may prefer to just let their horse roam.
Saturday nights offer the opportunity to hear the audible sounds produced by the horse's gait as many locals choose to ride their horses about the island.