Ken Payne (American, 1938-2012)
Surprise Meeting (A cowboy and his mount spooked by a covey of quail)
A Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture with brown patina, signed and dated “(19)83” and numbered 150/750
13” x 13” x 22” tall
(Payne) was respected in the art world as a talented sculptor, painter and businessman, establishing bronze casting foundries here in Lincoln County, as well as Arizona and Colorado. (Payne) also was the founder of Mountain Trails Gallery, Inc. where he established fine art galleries in Santa Fe, NM and Sedona, AZ. People came from all over the country and the world to hear him tell his stories as he sculpted into bronze the history of the disappearing American west. He touched the hearts of many with his spirited tales of a time he lived in books as a child and from then on. He collected an extensive library, well worn and stained with paint and clay as he strived to portray with accuracy the fading ways of the cowboys, mountain men, pioneers, and the beloved Native Americans.
Excerpted from Payne's obituary published in "Ruidoso News" (February 2 - March 2, 2012)