Today, the Canyonlands continue to stir the creativity of artists and photographers. Joining artists O'Keeffe, Reaugh, Griffith and Oliver, we now have Amy Winton and her pastels, and the artists of the Fisher County Art Society, who painted the mural shown above. Reminiscent of an Erwin E. Smith photograph, a lone cowboy resting on his mount overlooks the Brazos River Canyonlands. The mural commemorates the 2007 centennial of Rotan, Texas.
Photographers like Scott Bourland and Wyman Meinzer continue to explore this unique landscape and ecosystem. Bourland photographed many of the images on this Web site. Meinzer, with his wildlife photography, like the Comanche and their rock art, uniquely captures the beauty and spirit of this area's wildlife, which once again fills the Canyonlands.
The January 2008 issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine contains Meinzer's wildlife photography of complexity and beauty. His 2001 work Canyons of the Texas High Plains brings that same talent to photography of the Canyonlands. This Web site displays three examples of Meinzer's wildlife photography, including a paisano smashing a collared lizard, shown below.
Bill Wittliff in 2007 published a book of his iconic photographs from the Lonesome Dove series, with a forward by Larry McMurtry and an introduction by Stephen Harrigan, describing what he calls “a third generation of Lonesome Dove.” Witliff's Lonesome Dove cowboy photographs recall the frontier photography of Rector and Smith.
Wittliff wrote the script and co-produced the Lonesome Dove television mini-series. McMurtry's Comanche Moon, was viewed in January 2008 as a mini-series, almost twenty years after the 1989 award-winning Lonesome Dove.