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Robert Shufelt

Birth place or City of origin: Champaign
State of origin: IL
Last known City: Wickenburg
Last known State: AZ
Start/Birth date: 1935
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Delineator in pencil of Southwestern cowboy life, born in Champaign, Illinois in 1935 and living in Wickenburg, Arizona since 1976. “Shoofly” grew up in Chicago and as a fine arts student; he drew Indian scenes despite his avant-garde professors. In 1976 Robert Shufelt moved to Arizona with his wife Julie to live on her family ranch in Wickenburg. He took up cowboy activities and decided that was the subject matter for his fine art. Though he was urged by galleries and teachers to paint, Shufelt never gave up drawing as his medium of choice. It helps him express his admiration for the working cowboy: “The guys are a breed unto themselves. They’re fiercely independent and really don’t make any money to speak of. They do it because they love it. You have to. They really go in style. It’s their story I’m telling and they have given me the opportunity to live it with them. I’ve got to record that life. One project I’m enthused about is portraying the ranch wife. I don’t think many people know much about that way of life. They’re incredible ladies and most of them can do just about everything.”

 

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