Dedicated to the history and tradition of the California Vaquero!
Vaquero Artist Ernest Morris has made a significant effort to preserve the California Vaquero history and tradition. He prides himself in creating authentic vaquero remembrances in all aspects – people, horses, equipment, cattle, terrain, livestock situations, etc. He has created masterpieces in nearly every format of conventional art, including pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oils, acrylic, bronze sculpting, wood carving, and various other media. In addition, he has authored and illustrated five books, and he has been published in numerous newspaper and magazine articles regarding horse training methods, rawhide braiding, western art, etc.
Ernie has authored and illustrated five popular books about vaquero horsemanship and livestock handling – El Vaquero (published in 1989), el Buckaroo (published in 1995), Riata Men (published in 1999), California Cowboy Inventions (published in 2003) and Vaquero Heritage (published in 2013). He has also illustrated several other books and publications, and he has been published in numerous newspaper and magazine articles regarding horse training methods, rawhide braiding, western art, etc.
Ernie’s paintings and drawings provide a vivid and colorful replay of his personal experiences while working on various ranches in his younger days, and the many stories told to him by “old-timer cowboys” he has known. His art, rawhide work, and books have been featured in galleries, museums, and private collections throughout the United States and many other parts of the world.
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