David R. Stoecklein

Western Artwork

David Stoecklein...Twenty years ago David Stoecklein started photographing cowboys and the Western way of life. At first he was just looking for a change of subject from the active sport lifestyle photos that he had been creating for the previous 15 years. He had no idea when he took those first photographs of Ray and Mike Seal at their hunting camp in the Smoky Mountains of Idaho, his life would be changed forever. 

What David found was truth, honesty, courage and a way of life, a culture that was first built on age-old principles. It is a culture where the people live by a code, where people rely on each other for help, support, and friendship, where people give respect and people earn respect. This is a culture where you help your neighbor do his work and he helps you. You watch his cattle and he watches yours.

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Eaton's Ranch Remuda
Eaton's Ranch Remuda
Autumn Blaze
Autumn Blaze
Silver and Gold
Silver and Gold
Afternoon with Grandpa
Afternoon with Grandpa
Best Buddies
Best Buddies
California Gold
California Gold
Camas Creek Gold
Camas Creek Gold
Cooling Off
Cooling Off
Cowboys Dream
Cowboys Dream
Cowgirl in Heaven
Cowgirl in Heaven
Palominos
Palominos
Let Er Buck
Let Er Buck
Moon Over Tobacco Roots
Moon Over Tobacco Roots
Moving to Fresh Feed
Moving to Fresh Feed
Rainy Day Cowboy
Rainy Day Cowboy
Nose to Toes
Nose to Toes

Rays Saddle
Real Cowgirls
Real Cowgirls
Ranch Boots
Ranch Boots
Running in the Dunes
Running in the Dunes
Something's in the Air
Something's in the Air
Running in the Gold
Running in the Gold
Storm Over the Prairie
Storm Over the Prairie
Suds N Dust
Suds N Dust
Splash N Dash
Splash N Dash
The Lesson
The Lesson
The LX Saddle Horses
The LX Saddle Horses
The Boys from Medicine Lodge
The Boys from Medicine Lodge
Through the Meadows
Through the Meadows
Time for a Swim
Time for a Swim
The Morning Pasture
The Morning Pasture
Winter Save
Winter Save
Warming Up
Warming Up
Winter Save - 2 Piece Set
Winter Save - 2 Piece
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Cowboys are not judged by how much money they have, but how they care for their families, their land, their cattle, and their dogs. It is romantic and exciting, as well as heroic and dangerous. David feels he became consumed by all of this and more. He loved the horses and the cattle; he has met some of the most interesting people and has seen the most fantastic landscapes and unique ranches. 

A lot of people whom David has photographed have sadly passed away, some from old age, some from horse accidents or other terrible accidents or sickness. A few of the ranches have been broken up and subdivided or just gone to new owners. But the photos remain as proof of their existence and of lives well lived. 

The library he has created of over a half-million photographs stands as a record and as a testimonial of people who have worked hard to preserve a way of life that started many years before there was the United States, or the West, or even the cowboy. Capturing all of this on film, David hopes he has communicated this through his books, calendars, prints, and cards.