Earl Kuhn is known for realistic watercolor paintings. Scenes of the contemporary ranch cowboys, their horses, livestock, and landscapes surrounding them, are his subject matter. A characteristic of his work is the strong use of light and shadow.
Earl’s paintings have been chosen as “Best of Show” at the Chuck Wagon Art Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo’s “Best of the West” Western Art Show, and received Gold and Silver awards at the National Western Artists, Texas Cowboy Artists’ Annual Shows; and “Artist of the Year” at the American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri. He was inducted to the 2010 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame at Boot Hill (Dodge City, Kansas).
His watercolors have been featured on the El Paso Southwestern Roundup Rodeo program, the 1998 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo poster, the Working Ranch Cowboys Association’s World Championship Ranch Rodeo program, the World Paint Horse Show poster and program cover. He was selected to do the painting for the Kansas Livestock Association’s 100th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition print. Earl does commission paintings throughout the year.
Earl’s works have been featured on the magazine covers, including America’s Horse, The Cowboy, The Western Horseman, Paint Horse Journal, and Super Looper
Other Western art shows to which he has been invited include Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, Arizona; Empire Ranch Foundation Show, Sonoita, Arizona; World Championship Ranch Rodeo’s “Best of the West in Art”, Amarillo, Texas; Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor’s Invitational Art Show, Wyoming; Peppertree Western Art Show, Santa Ynez, California, American Quarter Horse Association’s “America’s Horse in Art”, Amarillo and Carnegie Arts Center, Dodge City, Kansas. His works are in the collections of Ella Carothers Dunnegan Museum, Bolivar, Missouri.; Kansas State University and Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan, Kansas; Saddle & Sirloin, Kansas City; Kansas Livestock Association, Topeka, Kansas; High Plains Journal, Dodge City, Kansas; and numerous private collections throughout the United States. His work can be seen at www.earlkuhn.com.