A lone cowboy is driving his small herd of horses
and all his earthly processions down a ravine into a small
valley below. He is perhaps drifting to a new ranch to seek
employment. The majestic landscape and clouds add a sense
of tranquility to the scene. The painting leaves me with yeaning
for a simpler, more basic life, where money is not the only
measure of one's wealth.
I first saw this painting on the cover of
the "Western Horseman Magazine" in January 1971.
It instantly became my favorite painting and has remained
so over the years. I was in the Army and stationed in Colorado
Springs at the time, the city where the "Western Horseman"
is published. I read the article about Olaf and kept the
magazine. When I was released from the Army a year later,
I returned to my home in Mesa, Arizona. While eating at
a local western steakhouse, "Monti's La Casa Vieja,"
I was surprised to fine a print of "His Wealth"
on the wall. At the time, I had no idea what a limited edition
print was. I soon found a copy of the print in a Scottsdale
art gallery and bought my first piece of Olaf Wieghorst