Epic Western #5 provides a much closer view of a cowboy as he and his horse appear to gallop through the clouds, kicking up dust as they approach an idyllic blue sky. Here Krantz is brilliant with his use of color, captured at high speed with great detail. The open sky above the cowboy contrasts with the clouds behind him, and the rich, oxide-red earth beneath him. The horse is portrayed with grace and power, under the smooth control of the rider.
In Epic Western #9
, the rider is presented in union with the earth: clothing, horse, and ground are nearly the same color. Krantz’s ability to capture and print the fleeting effects of light and color in a dynamic landscape is stunning. His works reflects a dictum that he learned from
“technical proficiency leads to artistic freedom.”