Bob “Shoofly” Shufelt is a well-known Western artists, famous for his richly detailed graphite drawings. Rancher and artist, Shufelt and his wife lived and worked on many ranches, including those in southern Arizona.
“The Christmas cards” are a series of lithographs derived from Shoofly’s original drawings of ranching life and have been given as gifts each holiday season. The Shufelts recently donated their entire series of Christmas card lithographs to the Amerind.
Shoofly’s drawings are the result of forty-five years in the saddle, working diligently as a cowboy and enabling his soul to absorb “The Cowboy Way.” With both dramatic and subtle technique, his art captures the world of today’s ranching–"its isolation and its camaraderie, its action and its stillness. The artist’s subjects live in an intensified world of light, shadow, and texture far beyond realism, yet so clearly defined, they make color seem a distraction."