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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys


Part of my “Song Titles Reinterpreted” series, this painting is of “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” … er… and maybe also minotaurs? Anyway, Wikipedia has this to say about the song: “’My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys’ was recorded by Waylon Jennings on the 1976 album Wanted! The Outlaws, and further popularized in 1980 by Willie Nelson as a single on the soundtrack to The Electric Horseman. It was Nelson’s first release in the 1980s. ‘My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys’ was written by Sharon Vaughn and Nelson’s version would become his fifth number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.”

I’m pretty sure my illustration is totally in line with the je ne sais quois of this song… maybe.

This piece was originally created as an auction item for Midwest Music Foundation. In keeping with the intention of the work, 20% of proceeds from print sales will be donated to Midwest Music Foundation.


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Each print is hand-signed and numbered by me, the artist. These prints are open-edition, which means that there is no limit on the amount that may be printed. I do offer limited edition hand-embellished prints of some, but not all, of my artworks. To see my available limited edition hand embellished prints, click here.

All Fine Art Prints are printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308g archival paper. This smooth, natural-white, 100 percent rag-based paper is specifically designed to meet the needs of photographers or artists using digital photographic output. While some papers are chosen due to surface characteristics, Photo Rag is popular because it intrudes the least. The coated side of this paper provides excellent image sharpness and optimum color graduation. The coating also offers a very high level of water resistance (but please – frame your prints properly – no using them for drink coasters!).

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