Karen Boylan’s life has revolved around animals. Her early years were filled with Gymkhanas (games on horseback), 4-H programs, horse shows, and rodeos. For close to fifty years now, she and her husband have raised black cattle outside of Bozeman. These are the experiences which inform her exceptionally realistic, incredibly detailed Western art.
“For me, the detail is what makes it,” says Boylan. “Most shows I do are rancher-oriented. They appreciate that my images are realistic and portray their lifestyle accurately.”
Boylan often paints from reference photos, but it helps being a tried-and-true rancher.
“If I have a photograph of a horse and it’s partially obscured, I don’t have to guess where, oh say, the cinch hooks onto,” she explains. “I know what the tack looks like.”
With her attention to detail and adept use of color, Boylan paints scenes that look as if they were plucked from a memory. These are works that resonate with her clientele.
“Ranchers like to see this type of work. They can relate to it,” she says.
For more information, visit kboylanart.com or call (406) 581-3226.