Aman and his land in Kansas. This was a commission piece for a father from his daughter....words from Dave...ave standing alone, on the pictures edge, displays that he has lived the better part of his life and is a strong, independent being. The critic further explains how the brown plowed fields formed Dave's life. He had to be raised in a dominate agricultural environment and this agricultural influence remains a constant in his life to this very day. The shotgun, as shown, in an upright position doesn't signify a sense of danger, cruelty or that he will fire at the flying pheasants, but is more about strength of character. Every hunter is an optimist and feels that every hunt will be successful. The flying pheasants are the goals of this optimism. Since they are flying and are not in danger of being shot, they represent the remaining goals to be achieved in Dave's life. The two dogs in the painting signify loyalty. This loyalty isn't newly formed but manifests itself in his feeling for family, friends and past co-workers . The fence line in the painting is somewhat sublime, blending into the earth and finally disappearing. This feint, disappearing fence is characteristic of people who don't really believe in boundaries. He lives his life within reasonable limits, but man made restrictions and rules probably don't play a major part of his life. On the edges there are glimpses of vivid gold and blue colors that tells this critic that the Dave in the painting still has vital part of his life to live. The big question in this painting, though, is the name, "Cowboy Dave". The absence of a horse, saddle, or bridle makes one believe that Dave probably never owned one. Who is this guy anyway.