Parker County Today November 2016 - Page 55

B orn 66 years ago, Lyndon Gaither began life a flatlander, a child of the Texas Panhandle, a place of long views and deep tradition. Growing up rural in Plainview steeped him in the cowboy notion and western sensibilities. When it came time for his art there was little doubt the subject matter would be western. “Growing up in the fifties and early sixties, living in West Texas, I grew up with Roy Rogers and Bonanza,” Gaither said in an easy drawl, considering the weight of such words sufficient explanation. “I rode the stick horses.” Summers spent with cousins on a New Mexican ranch sealed the deal. He never outgrew his fascination with the West … always wanted to be a cowboy. His painting is patently western in theme — there are buckaroos and guitars, horses, longhorns and bison, boots and spurs — but his big and bold use of color is reminiscent of Peter Max, the iconic counterculture artist of the 1960s and ’70s. Bright colors often spike the work with an excitement that asks the viewer to bend in for a little closer look at variations on familiar themes. Gaither chose the contemporary route “because there are [already] so many good traditional western artists out there. Little Feather Equestrian Center • Hunter/Jumper • Boarding November • Training Special • Lessons Five 30 min. private lessons for $140 • Sales PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY 432-853-1008 | 871 Pamela Kay Lane | Weatherford, TX | www.littlefeather.org NOVEMBER 2016 Owner/trainer Rebecca Innerarity has more than two decades of experience riding and competing and is certified by the American Riding Instructors Assoc. She lives on-site and oversees all lessons, horses here for training or board and the 50 acres of farm land that clients may enjoy (including creek, natural jumps, round pen, arena and spacious paddocks with both natural and man-made shelter). 53