Desert Dreams: The Western Art of Don Crowley
by Don Hedgpeth
Desert Dreams is the long-awaited collection of the work of Don Crowley, one of the leading western artists working today. Crowley is known for his precise, detailed realism and often complicated designs, which chronicle the costumes, ceremonies and traditions of contemporary Native Americans.
Crowley pursued a twenty-one year career as a commerical artist in New york before moving permanently to Tucson, Arizona in 1974 to dedicate his career to painting the west. His models were often members of the San Carlos Indian Reservation in eastern Arizona and eventually, almost exclusively, a family of Paiutes, the Martineaus, from the Kaibab Plateau region of northern Arizona. (He recently incorporated the third generation of Martineau models in his paintings.) Crowley often poses his models on his property, a mountainous area northwest of Tucson. He visits the San Carlos reservation, making sketches and taking photographs.
He is a member of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America and the "Tucson 7", an informal group of artists who all began their careers in commercial art and illustration and have made the successful transition to Western fine art.
"This is a calling," Crowley says. "It's very fortunate to know what you want out of life. It's the searching and doing of it that's important. The gift is having the goal." --from jacket cover