The Explorer is an original oil painting on canvas by the New Mexican cowboy artist Edmond DeLavy. A beautiful woman in a red jacket and holding binoculars is gazing into the distance with her horse by her side.She appears to be in the mountains near a stream on a cloudless day. Condition is good with some craquelure (crazing) scattered throughout and some spots of canvas showing thru mostly in the sky and one spot on the woman’s hat all of which can be professionally repaired.This painting is framed in a craved wood frame which may have been the original frame.
Edmond De DeLavy (1916 -1989 ) was born in Maine of Swiss and German ancestry. After WW II DeLavy studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and the Art Students League in NYC. He became known for his black and white illustrations for a variety of of pulp magazines such as Detective Novel, Exciting Western. Five-Novels,Giant Western,The Masked Rider Western, Popular Western, The Rio Kid Western, and Thrilling Western. He illustrated several articles for New Mexico Magazine, and in 1982 he illustrated a coffee table book Cowboy Riding Country by John Sinclair. A good draftsman Ed worked primarily in oils and pastels and was equally proficient with portraits, landscapes and animals.