Jim Thomas, Artist
Jim Thomas
(as seldom seen - in a suit)

  • Texas Society of Sculptors
  • Guild of Austin Architectural Artisans
  • Austin Diocese Fine Arts Council
  • Texas Society of Architects
 
 

COWBOY ART

Deer Song"Deer Song"
The Deer Song The "Deer Song" sculpture depicts a High Plains American Indian, wearing a whitetail deer head dress as he sings his ceremonial hunting song. The North American Indians had a close religious sensitivity with every part of their environment, believing that everything has a spirit. The Deer Song celebrates that religious sensitivity as the singer asks the deer's spirit to make his hunt successful and to forgive him for taking the deer's life that its body might be a source of nourishment for the hunter and his family. The patina is red-brown leather for the skin tones with darker reds for the head dress and bone color for the antlers. The sculpture won the blue ribbon at an annual Texas Society of Sculpture Exhibition in Austin, Texas.

"Crossing the Canadian"
The South Canadian River in the Texas Panhandle is a treacherous place, said to be a "mile wide and an inch deep" and most of that quicksand. Cattle crossings were at rocky locations with better footing. In some cases, a cable was stretched across to aid the cattle and cowboys. This depiction of longhorns swimming the Canadian River was a winner during the 1974 TCA Gold Medal-exhibition, exhibited at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and published in XIT-THE AMERICAN COWBOY.
Crossing the Canadian Sculpture

bronze art cowboy country clubCowboy Country Club

"A Stitch in Time"

A cowboy hand sews a loose stitch in his saddle. This 1/6 scale sculpture, like the following, is one of 12 trail drive camp scenes of the "Cowboy Country Club" series that are sold separately or as a group (catalog item) on a common cast bronze base.

bronze art cowboy country club"A Hole In One"

Keeping the cold and wet out is a full-time maintenance job for working cowboys. This one pokes a finger through a hole in his boot as he prepares to layer sheets of old newspaper over the inside of the hole.

"Barbara Allen"

bronze art cowboy country club Playing this old cowboy favorite brings up memories of home in the evening around the campfire. Many of the old cowboy songs had their beginnings in folk songs brought over from Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.


"Chuckwagon"

bronze art cowboy country club The trail drive chuckwagon was home and headquarters for the cowboys who drove cattle from Texas to the railheads in Kansas or worked cattle in very large pastures. This sculpture is an exact replica of the artist's old personal chuckwagon and is complete in every detail, including the wood grain, a working chuckbox tailgate, wheels that move and a singletree with a moveable fifth wheel.


"Forty Winks"

bronze art cowboy country club Using his saddle for a pillow, his saddle blanket for warmth, and his cowdog for company were part of the day's routine for range cowboys.



"Rise And Shine"

bronze art cowboy country club The wakeup call coming before sunup from the foreman on a trail drive sounds just as bad to a sleeping cowboy as it did as a child on a school day.