Jerry Palen has been entertaining people for years with his ranch-life cartoon "Stampede."
The "Stampede" cartoon is printed across the country in rural publications, such as The Fence Post magazine. The cartoon features a couple named Flo and Elmo, their pickup and their range-chore antics.
Palen grew up outside of Cheyenne, Wyo., on a cattle ranch.
His bronze sculptures of the cowboy lifestyle have piqued the interest of every president since Jimmy Carter. They represent an image of America that presidents have sent to heads of state all over the world. President Clinton brought one to Africa as a gift during his 1998 tour.
"Usually, the phone will ring on a Monday, and it will be an official somebody from the White House," Palen said in a 2004 interview. "And they need a sculpture by that weekend. So I call up the foundry and try to soften them up."
An exhibit of Palen's cartoons and bronze sculptures opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wild Horse Gallery. The gallery is in the Steamboat Sheraton Resort. Call 879-7660.