The Red Angus Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) raised $28,000 through the auction of seven signed and numbered prints of Tim Cox’s limited-edition “Where Change Comes Slowly” piece during the 2010 Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) national convention in Springfield, Mo.
The print features the fall roundup of Red Angus cow-calf pairs at Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. near Douglas, Wyo., and is the first work of the renowned western artist to solely feature the breed. The original oil-on-masonite sold for $42,500 at the Prix de West art show in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“I have been thinking a lot lately about how fast the world is changing,” said western artist Tim Cox of Bloomfield, N.M. “Luckily, there are still places where change comes slowly.”
“In this painting, the weather is changing, the season is changing and the cattle are a more modern breed that has changed from the old trail drive days of the Longhorns. There is a buffalo skull beneath the rider that represents the days of the Native American,” continued Cox. “It gives me a sense of peace that there are places where changes still come about slowly and for a reason.”
The artwork was a perfect fit for the Red Angus message.
“Tim Cox’s art captures the way of life of contemporary ranch families. ‘Where Change Comes Slowly’ certainly speaks to Red Angus’ 56-year journey from obscurity to a major seedstock source for our nation’s cow-calf operations,” said Greg Comstock, RAAA CEO who custom-framed the auction prints.
Jeffries Land and Cattle, Jerry and Pat Jeffries and Clint Jeffries of Checotah, Okla., purchased prints no. 1 and no. 500 for $7,500 and $6,500 respectively. The no. 1 print was framed in Mesquite with turquoise inlay, and no. 500 was framed in Mesquite.
Print no. 2 sold to Tongue River Ranch, Forest and Sue Dunning of Sheridan, Wyo., for $1,100 and was framed in Purpleheart.
Donnell and Kelli Brown of the R.A. Brown Ranch, Throckmorton, Texas, purchased print no. 10 for $5,700. The print was framed in Leopard wood with cherry wood trim.
Diamante Ranch, Glenn and Randy Brown of Diamond, Mo., had the winning bid of $1,900 on print no. 15, framed in Bloodwood.
Kirby and Robyn Lane, Neo-Sho Farms of South West City, Mo., purchased print no. 16 for $3,800, framed in Sapele.
Print no. 57 sold to Lazy J Bar Ranch, John and Stephanie Jung of Mina, S.D., for $1,500, framed in Mesquite.
“This was a tremendous fund raiser,” said RAFI President and RAAA Board of Director Esther Fischer of Harlowton, Mont. “It far exceeded our expectations and we are grateful for the generosity and support of the Red Angus breeders to get the foundation up and running.”
The RAFI will sell the remaining signed and numbered limited-edition prints for $125 each to benefit the Foundation’s General Fund. Disbursements from the General Fund may support juniors, Breed Improvement, Education or any charitable function approved by the RAFI board to advance the position of the Red Angus breed.
To purchase a print, contact Jeanene McCuistion at the RAAA national office at (940) 387-3502 or e-mail her at email@example.com.