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Warriors of the High Country Giveaway (on Instagram)

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Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win!

I'm giving away a signed giclee once I hit 1000 followers. Will you be the winner?! 

Once I hit 1000 followers on Instagram, I'll randomly choose one person from my follower list to win a free 16" x 24" canvas print of Warriors of the High Country (shown above). No purchase necessary.

Please follow this link to go to my Instagram account. Good luck!

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Lewis and Clark lead to discoveries today

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Introducing "The Shortcut"

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Advice for new artists

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A Painter’s Inspiration: Meet the people

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A Painter’s Inspiration: The people behind my paintings

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Skin, muscle, and bones: The complicated process of painting a human hand

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Introducing "Boundless Warriors"

COLLECTOR UPDATE: Boundless Warriors has been sold. Springtime in the Rockies I'm pleased to introduce Boundless Warriors, a painting that depicts two Ute warriors in the high country in springtime. Boundless Warriors by James Ayers; Ute, 36x36, oil on canvas I created this painting after my early April, 2012 research trip. I wanted to capture that fleeting time in [...]

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Introducing "Mountain Spirit": Apache Ga'an Dancer

The dynamic movements of an Apache Ga'an dancer Arizona inspirations Although I call Colorado home, few places are as inspiring to me artistically as Arizona. My newest painting, Mountain Spirit, captures the dynamic movements of an Apache Ga'an dancer as he performs. Mountain Spirit" by James Ayers; 24" x 30", oil on canvas, $8,100 Composition details Working on "Mountain Spirit" [...]

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