As you walk around the bison pens in the yards, you notice the rich heritage that has brought the species where it is today. From the hulking bison bulls to the majestic coloring each of the bison have, it paints a picturesque scene at the National Western Stockyards.
Speaking of painting, Denver native Susan Bell can be found painting on a canvas capturing the bison by each of the stalls.
“I have always loved animals,” Bell said. “You can get great information for your paintings here that you can’t any other way.”
Bell has been attending the National Western since she was a young girl, and she has been painting at the yards for more than 15 years. On average, she paints two to three paintings per day – each painting is done within an hour.
Bell decided to paint at the yards to capture the colors and beauty of the livestock.
“In the world of art, you have to specialize, which I think is really boring,” Bell said. “I thought I could become a western painter so I could paint both animals and landscapes.”
Bell does a great job of capturing the bison through her captivating art and feels privileged to share her work with other animal lovers.
To learn more about Bell’s paintings, visit www.susanbellfineart.com.