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H-2  Desert Bighorn Sheep

H-2 Desert Bighorn Sheep

Color Reproduction | By Charles Beckendorf

  • Size
    14" x 11"

Additional Information

The Desert Bighorn Sheep, sometimes called mountain sheep because they inhabit rough mountainous terrain, roamed over most of the mountain ranges of West Texas before the white man came to settle the land in the late 1800's.  Native Texas bighorns are now extinct.  Reports have been made - and continue to be made  - of bighorn sightings, but the last of the native bighorns were probably seen in the Sierra Diablo Mountains in 1959.

Meat hunters for the westward moving railroad builders killed many, but most died of diseases carried by domestic sheep or starved when fences cut them off from food and water.

Many efforts to reintroduce desert bighorns in Texas failed until the late 1970's when bighorn released into the Sierra Diablo Mountains survived and began to multiply.  Recently, bighorns have been successfully transferred to other Trans Pecos ranges.

This image is from the Charles Beckendorf Texas Wildlife book. The original was an acrylic painting on canvas (1992) and the size is approximately 14 X 11 inches.  The total edition size of this print is 500.


This is a part of the Texas Wildlife Art Prints Collection. 

Color Reproduction

Beckendorf color reproductions are developed using four color process printing on fine white paper. This advanced technique utilizes separate color plates for each of the primary colors, plus black. High-resolution digital scans and special process inks are utilized to yield beautiful, accurate reproductions.

About the Artist - Charles Beckendorf

Charles grew up in Mathis, Texas, where he had the opportunity to spend hours on large ranches. Generous land owners gave him permission to wander freely over their ranches and he observed creatures in their natural surroundings. He developed a lifelong love of nature, whether it be in the tiniest of flowers or the largest of animals. It was at this time that he became a true naturalist.

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