This painting celebrates the cowgirl, the tough rancher who works cattle day-in-and-day-out, from gathering to sorting to roping, doctoring and branding. Two years ago, at my first branding, a neighborhood event, I took lots of pictures as the dust was flying, cows were bellowing, and smoke filled the air. I continue to be amazed at the roping skills of the cowgirls and cowboys who come to help each other get the job done. I would much rather paint the scene than be caught in the middle of flying hooves, ropes and branding irons in a small pen. Cowgirl up, my rancher girlfriends!