A sample of Victor Burdick's lifelike western drawings.

The western artwork of Victor Burdick will be exhibited at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum this coming month. 

Burdick, of Thomas, has been a photographer and graphite/charcoal artist for over 20 years.  A collaboration of about 50 of his works will be displayed from June 5 to July 3.

Burdick has a degree in photography and one and a half years experience in commercial design.  Over the years, he said much of his inspiration has come from the people of Northwest Oklahoma and Texas.

“I grew up with family who raised cattle and horses, and the lifestyle has always attracted me,” he said.

Burdick said he especially enjoys being able to work with his subjects in the environments they are most comfortable in, because that allows him to capture who they are.  But he said he always tries to go beyond the cowboy and the sunset.

“I aim to capture the mood associated with whatever they may be doing,” he said.

But while the main emphasis of his work is on the cowboy and American West however, Burdick said he has done projects ranging from the oilfield to weddings.

Museum Director Rob Roberson said he contacted Burdick after a museum board member had shown him some of Burdick's work. 

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Roberson said, “It was so phenomenal and I thought other people had to see it."

In other upcoming events, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.

“Normally we’re closed," Roberson said, "but I thought this year, with everyone in town visiting and the Veteran’s memorial so close to the museum, we would stay open.”


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