Snapshots of the cowboy

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Sculptor Rick Jackson spent most of his life working on ranches in Texas, and the American cowboy, as form and symbol, fills his art.

His sculptures are snapshots of every day life in the rural West.

In his artist's statement, he wrote, "It is my intention to capture a moment in time that evokes a specific personal emotion in the viewer, allowing him or her to finish the story in their own unique, individual way."

Now 58, Jackson began sculpting as a hobby in 1980. He has no formal art education. Instead, it's his personal experience that shows in his work.

He wrote, "For me, the intriguing aspect of art is the unattainable goal to arrive at perfection. It is the challenge of approaching each new piece as a unique learning experience that sustains my enthusiasm."

An opening reception for work by Rick Jackson is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Wild Horse Gallery in the lobby of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Work by Jay Moore, Al Krnc and Barry Eisenach also will be on display. Call 879-7660.

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