Art Brokerage: Gordon Snidow American Artist: b. 1936. In 1959, after receiving a Bachelors Degree in Art from the Art Center College of Design, in Los Angeles, he had a career decision to make, whether to go into advertising art or to follow his dream of painting the West. At the time, no market existed for realism, let alone Western Art. He decided to follow my dream. He eventually saw the West as more than ranching and the American Cowboy. He began to do paintings which included American Women, Graffiti, the Homeless, Wildlife, Vietnam Vets, and others, while still painting the American Cowboy. To him Western Americana means the expanded reality of the Contemporary West. A West that is not romanticized in art, as is the Old West, but the real West of today. Why realism? Since he was painting real people and animals, he wanted to show various types in order to better express my painting ideas. For over fifty years, he has painted the Contemporary American West as it is, unvarnished. His work has shown around the world including, Russia, France, England, China, Germany, and many more.