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Gene Speck

Gene Speck is something of a phenomenon as a painter in that he is virtually self taught. Born in South Dakota in 1936, he did not turn his attention towards the arts until the age of 35. Successful in a variety of careers, it was through watching his brother in local art shows that he decided to begin painting. Art came easily to him, like a natural gift, and his first paintings showed talent. Speck presented his talents in a street art show and sold several paintings. With this encouragement he decided to aim his sights towards becoming a professional artist and turned his full attention and discipline upon refining his skills.

Speck moved to Nevada in 1976 to fulfill his dream of owning and working on a ranch. He lived and painted on his ranch in Dayton for 10 years. From 1987 till 1992, Gene made his home in the pine trees of Mount Rose. In 1989, Gene opened Silver State Gallery in Reno. As a nationally known artist, he has shown in galleries across the United States, including Aspen since 1992. He now lives in the peace and quiet of Nevada.

Speck’s paintings are nostalgic in that he paints scenes from the Great Plains that he saw all around him as a child. His depictions of ranch scenes and Indian encampments evoke peaceful and tranquil impressions. Visiting the beautiful terrain of the western states with its majestic mountains, deserts and meadows, he creates compositions that appear true to life, with a special sensitivity and spirit that convey a feeling of timelessness and space. “What incredible detail!” This is the often voiced comment heard from viewers clustered around a Speck painting. The viewers contemplate the pieces in a virtual silence, disturbed only by occasional murmuring and whispering of …”How does he do it?”

 
A Winter Day
9 x 12

Camp in the Rockies
20 x 16

Early Spring
12 x 16

Early Winter
16 x 20
 
End of Flight
11 x 14

Forest Camp
14 x 11

Frosty Morning
12 x 16

High Plains Camp
12 x 16
 
High Plains Encampment
11 x 14

Hunters Fortune
11 x 14

Indian Days
16 x 20

Indian Sunset
9 x 12
 
Mountain Crest
12 x 16

Mountain Meadows
20 x 16

New Frames!

November Day
11 x 14
 
Passing Rain
11 x 14

Ranch Lands
12 x 16

Riata Saloon
9 x 12

Ride to Town
9 x 12
 
Shining Mountain Camp
14 x 11

Snow Cover
11 x 14

Snow Trek Rest
14 x 11

Spring Water
9 x 12
 
Stone House
12 x 16

Summer Meadows
12 x 16

Times Past
11 x 14

Warming Fire
11 x 14
 
Winter Camp
12 x 16

Winter Days
14 x 18

Winter Moonlight
11 x 14

Winter Passage
9 x 12
 
Hay Storage Barn
18 x 24 Sold!

Rustic Ranch
16 x 20 Sold!

Winter Hunter
12 x 9 Sold!
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