Santa Fe Hat Dance

Cowboy-type hats have a long history, perhaps as far back as the 13th century. Such hats are useful, even when you’re not riding herd. Protection from the sun is one of their most important purposes, especially in the super-sunny Southwest.

I spotted this group deep in conversation at an outdoor event in Santa Fe and was captivated by the rhythm of their hats, which almost seemed to dance as the conversation went on. A few photos later, back in my studio, I painted this acrylic interpretation.

This original painting is available for purchase.

•    acrylic on canvas, ready for hanging or framing

•    24″ x 48″

•    $3,500 US. (Shipping within the USA is included in the price.)

Contact Bernard Marks if you’re interested.

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This painting and all reproductions of it are © Bernard Marks. No unauthorized use is permitted. All rights reserved.