by Ila Mae McAfee (American, 1897-1995)
Born in Colorado, McAfee was trained in art schools in Chicago and New York before moving to Taos in 1928. With husband and artist Elmer Page Turner, McAfee built White Horse Studio, from which they worked until 1993. She painted landscapes, but her specialty was horses, as this humorous painting illustrates. Note the ropes and how they figuratively and literally tie the figures together, as the steer makes his getaway.