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R. Tom Gilleon - L´Avocat -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by R. Tom Gilleon

Original Retail Price $595.00

Limited Edition of: 45
Image Size: 24"w x 24"h.
Published: September 2016

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My daughter is a family physician in Chicago. I had a large original oil of a tipi titled “Medicine Man Lodge” and I changed the title to “Medicine Woman Lodge” when she became a doctor and gifted the painting to her. My son who is an attorney was visiting my daughter and after seeing the painting asked me if I had ever done a painting that could be considered a Lawyer tipi, and my response was that yes, I had painted a tipi called “Snake Lodge” by the Blackfeet. He liked this lawyer joke and I gave him the painting titled “L’Avocat,” which means “lawyer” in English.

R. Tom Gilleon
The decision to become an artist is not always easy. It took Wilson Hurley decades and two careers before he followed his muse. But his experiences added to his vision, making him one of the most respected landscape artists in the world and perhaps best known for his primordial portraits of the American West. One of Hurley’s most monumental accomplishments is the creation of five unique American vistas, Windows to the West–a series of forty by sixteen foot triptychs–which hang in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. These classic American works are worthy of the Hudson Valley School of Artists’ maxim: "If you wish to see God’s work, look about you." Hurley was born in Tulsa, the son of a lawyer who was to become Secretary of War in President Herbert Hoover’s administration. Following a military career and a World War II assignment he practiced law in New Mexico, where spectacular views of the West fueled his hobby of painting. Then came the fateful appointment with a dying client, a terminally ill doctor who consulted Hurley about a will. With the knowledge of mortality forefront in his mind, Hurley decided to devote the rest of his life to art. This devotion led him to become one of the leading landscapists of our time, compared to such revered painters as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole and Thomas Moran. Hurley is a founding member of the National Academy of Western Art and the recipient of their highest honor, the Prix de West.


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