Each piece is unique and a representation of real Cowboys doing real ranch work. Some of the Original Art is available for purchase. Please contact us if you are interested in an Original piece of Gary Morton art.
Each painting begins out in the ranch country of the West. I carry my camera as we work. A camera is a valuable tool which can capture a moment in great detail. I seldom ask anyone to pose and prefer to record the events as naturally as possible. I photograph all the interesting things I see in everyday cowboy life and when I return to the studio and look at hundreds of photos that's when the ideas come together.
My medium is acrylics there are several reasons. Acrylics have been around as a fine art medium for well over fifty years. They have been tested extensively for durability and longevity and proven to be a permanent high quality medium. Acrylic is water based and relatively easy to keep clean and neat. It can be used like a watercolor or an oil paint or a combination of the techniques. I began with watercolor as a child and it just feels natural for me to use a water medium. My paintings can be on gessoed board, canvas, or paper. I enjoy the different effects that can be achieved by using various surfaces.
Once the composition is finalized and the drawing completed I start applying paint. This is done with a series of glazes to achieve correct color and value. I try to completely cover the entire surface as quickly as possible. It is difficult to make adjustments and corrections until the entire painting is roughed in. It is a process of correcting mistakes, pushing and pulling, softening and sharpening until the painting looks right. When asked how long it takes, my reply is a lifetime and about two weeks.