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Tammy Lynne Penn

Tammy Penn | Art Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

I had always felt a bond with animals and aimed to recreate that feeling with my art. Drawing on a variety of life experiences such as time spent riding cutting horses and hunting with hawks and falcons as a Master Falconer, I'm continually inspired. I have developed my own signature style utilizing different techniques and mediums to create unique pieces representing our interconnection with animals and capturing not only their images, but also their spirits.

My creativity comes from exploring the strengths of each medium I work in - the freedom and spontaneity of raku fired clay, the strength and precision of bronze, the luminosity and intrigue of crystal - and complementing their weaknesses with the strengths of the others.

My work has been featured in Western Art and Architecture, Western Art Collector and Cowboy's and Indians editorial section. My work is found in private, corporate and museum collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan

Gallery Representation: TH Brennen, Scottsdale, AZ; Adobe Western Art in Fort Worth, Texas; Beartooth Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana; Spirits in the Wind Gallery, Golden, CO; Chisholm Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL.

Tammy Penn's Website

Emily McCartney

True to her roots, Emily specializes in western lifestyle photography where she is able to combine her love for the American West and the ranching way of life, with her creative image making and passion for art. Growing up on her family's sixth generation cattle and Quarter Horse operation in Throckmorton, Texas, Emily understands production agriculture and those that live it. Emily enjoys the many travels her career brings and says that the people she meets through her photography will always be the most impactful part of the journey.

Emily graduated from Texas Tech University in 2017 with an agricultural communications degree and launched her career as a full time free-lance photographer. In December of 2019 Emily opened Roadrunner Gallery in her hometown of Throckmorton. Roadrunner Gallery houses Emily's photographic art pieces, along with other artists' work that she features periodically.

"My goal as a photographer is to capture the rawness of the people, land and animals, in authentic form. There are so many stories to be told about our way of life and I want my images to be the artistic storyteller."

Online GalleryFacebookInstagram: @e_mccart

Emily McCartney | Art Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

Mike Long

Mike Long | Art Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide | Deer on cliffside

Retired science teacher; exploring the canyons from a young age inspired me to study the natural sciences; obtained degrees in Range and Wildlife Habitat and Geology.

Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer is the author of nineteen novels set in the American West. He is the winner of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's prestigious Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Western Novel (2015), and the recipient of a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Best Short Fiction (2020). He has been a student of Comanchero trade for the past twenty years. Several of Zimmer's novels - Rio Tinto, Hard Ride Across Texas and Villa Lobos - feature West Texas settings.

Michael Zimmer | Writing Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

Jerry Leatherman

Jerry Leatherman | Writing Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide | Older man in western wear

Jerry Leatherman met (1963) and married (1967) Sandra Huckabee Leatherman of Floyd County in Hereford, Texas. She still lets him hang around. They live in Silverton, Texas and have two married sons, three adult grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Leatherman has worked exclusively the last 15 years consulting for wind energy developers.

In the 2012 Leatherman joined the Panhandle Archeological Society which serves the northern 25 counties in the Texas Panhandle/South Plains. He served the organization as newsletter editor for 2013 - 2014.

In 2013 he was co-founder of the Comanchero Canyons Museum in Quitaque, Texas. He has served on the board of directors as president since its inception.

In 2015 he co-founded the Canyonlands Archeological Society which serves the South Plains area.

Leatherman has been privileged to research and metal detect for evidence on historic military sites in Briscoe, Motely, Floyd, Crosby, Throckmorton, Borden, Wheeler and Dickens counties among others. He has given a number of presentations on his various archaeological and historic groups in the panhandle.

Some more work of Jerry's can be viewed here

Connie Barnett

About me
Hello! My name is Connie Barnett and I love to create with my sewing machine and camera! After 25 years as a school nurse, I have retired and opened up a workshop in my backyard. I love being able to walk out to my workshop every morning and find new things to create. I also love that I have more time to devote to my photography. It has been a dream of mine to work with leather and share my photography with others. Now, in retirement, I can live out that dream.

My mom taught me how to sew when I was 6 years old. She instilled in me a desire to do the job well, and to this day I cringe when I see a crooked hem. Over the years, I have worked with a variety of fabrics, but it was my daughter who pushed me to start working with leather. It was my desire to turn leather into beautiful creations that others would enjoy. Because of my love for Caprock Canyon and the majestic bison that roam the park, I decided to include both bison and cowhide in my repertoire. I began designing my own patterns for bags, earrings, key fobs, and just about anything else I can imagine. I enjoy making things for other people and seeing their joy when they receive their new leather creation.

About 15 years ago, I received my first camera as a Christmas gift from my husband. I have not had any formal photography training, so I began reading, watching videos, and attending a few clinics on how to operate my camera and how to take pictures with interest. I guess you can say that I am a self-taught photographer. I even shared my love of photography with my grandsons who often venture out with me to take photos.

Find me on Facebook at:
Buffalo Gal Gallery and Gifts @thebuffalobaglady

Connie Barnett | Writing Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

Lana Payne Barnett

Lana Payne Barnett | Writing Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

Lana Payne Barnett is a former Newspaper columnist, magazine publisher and chamber of commerce president. She has published numerous articles on the area for publication in newspapers. She now spends her time writing books about the Panhandle.

Her first book, "Presenting the Texas Panhandle" was a regional best seller in 1979 and required reading in a history professor's class at WTAMU.

She has published numerous things since then, including two crime books, Lonely Graves and Murder Book and also Panhandle Tidbits, a compilation of short stories about the area. Panhandle Tidbits, Volume Two will be out soon.

She has also written a two-act comedy play entitled "Redneck Reunion." She is author of the Facebook page, Panhandle Tidbits that as of October, 2020 has over 30,000 faithful followers. She authors a page for her hometown entitled Hallelujah I'm From Tulia and co-authors the page Panhandle Tourism & Marketing. She is currently working on another book about Panhandle murders

Kernel Lee

Hi, Kernel Lee here, a Texan that loves to explore this great state as my own backyard. Lover of the outdoors, I'm always searching for my new favorite spots to camp and ride my toys. Tent camping, hammock camping or hauling my toy hauler rv, Texas has some wondrous destination.

Join me as I discover new places to camp and ride:

Life With Kernel Youtube Channel

Life With Kernel | Reviewer | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

Dr. Charles "Bud" Townsend

Dr. Charles

Dr. Charles "Bud" Townsend

Author of the book titled "San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills"

Frank Reeves

Frank is the Director/Curator of the Swisher County Archives and Museum. He was born and raised right here in Texas in Swisher County. Frank is also a graduate of Tulia High School, and after high school he attended West Texas State University in Canyon, which he also graduated from. He loves the people and the history of the Texas panhandle, and in particular the Red River Wars. Frank also writes a weekly article for the Swisher County News called "Hidden treasures of the Swisher County Museum". 

We would love to have ya'll stop by and see us here at the
Swisher County Archives and Museum:


Life With Kernel | Reviewer | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

Rick Day

Lana Payne Barnett | Writing Contributor | Caprock Canyon Travel Guide

    I have a degree in Geology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a teaching certificate from Texas Tech University. I have taught science in public schools for 33 years. Currently, I am the President of the Canyonlands Archeological Society, a archeological steward for the Texas Historical Commission, and the Region 2 Director for the Texas Archeological Society . Currently I reside in Whiteflat, TX with my wife and two sons.