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Self-taught painter and illustrator of horses, cowboys, rodeos and other Western subjects, Barbara Vaupel was born August 17, 1939, in San Diego, California, growing up there and nearby La Mesa, where she lived until 1966. After experience as an in-house advertising artist for a furniture store in 1961-1962, and copy editor in classified advertising at the San Diego Union Tribune, in 1965-1968, she decided to be an artist. She moved to Owasso, Oklahoma, in 1968, seeking to be a horse painter, moving again in 1970 to Henryetta, Oklahoma, where she lives today. Her paintings have been used on magazine covers and as illustrations. Some specific works include Saddling Up Albuquerque and Jake; The Prairie Courtship; Waiting for the Storm; Mountain Majesty; Panhandle Arroyo; Spring Conies to the Buffalo; and Near Gallup, New Mexico. She has exhibited at the American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, Kentucky, and Women Artists and the West, Tucson (now American Women Artists, Jackson, Wyoming). Her work is in the collection of the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona. Vaupel's awards include the $1,000 first place award in the Harness Track of America Annual Competition, 1981; silver medal from the Texas Cowboy Artists, 1985, and recognition as Texas Cowboy Artist of the Year, 1986; Best of Show in the National Western Artists exhibition, Lubbock, Texas, 1988; and selection as one of the Top 100 in the Arts for the Parks Competition, National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1988. References include: Samuels & Samuels, Contemporary Western Artists; Art for the Parks; Western Horseman, Mar 1985; Artists of the Rockies & the Golden West, Winter 1985; B. Vaupel, 1991, 1993, 1996. Source

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