John Phelps, Artist of the West

“Saturday Night”

The evocative original painting that graces the cover of the current issue (September-October) of The VVA Veteran is the work of John Phelps (below ), an artist and sculptor from Wyoming who is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Phelps, who was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, went to the University of Wyoming, then joined the Navy. After he returned from Vietnam, Phelps worked as a guide for elk and bighorn sheep hunters in Fremont County, Wyoming. He has lived in Dubois, Wyoming, for twenty-five years.

Phelps’ painting and sculpture hones in on the history of the Great American West, including the terrain, the fur trade, mountain men, the cowboy, ranching and rodeo. You can get a good look at his work at Phelps’ web site,

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