The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo is, in many ways, a celebration of the Western lifestyle. Kathy Sigle, of Spearfish, is one of many artists whose artwork hangs on display this year at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and brings Western scenes to life through her vivid watercolor paintings.
"I spend a lot of time at local ranches, brandings, round-ups," Sigle said. "I take hundreds of images for reference material and combine them to make my paintings."
Sigle said her biggest goal in her art is to capture the experience of the Western way of life. Her paintings feature ranchers on horseback herding cattle, bison crossing bodies of water, and vignettes on daily Native American life.
Sigle's work is done in watercolor. She combines many layers of color to give more depth to her paintings. The blacks of shadows can reveal layers of purples, blues and oranges.
Sigle also focuses a lot of her attention to the movement portrayed in her work.
"Art creates emotion," Sigle said. "I want people to feel emotion when they look at my paintings."