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NANCY PLAIN. Sagebrush and Paintbrush: The Story of Charlie Russell, The Cowboy Artist

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NANCY PLAIN. Sagebrush and Paintbrush:  The Story of Charlie Russell, The Cowboy Artist. Mondo Publishing. 48 pages; paperback, $8.00; mondopub.com.

Charlie Russell was a dreamer. While growing up in St. Louis, all he dreamed about was escaping to the Wild West. He finally got there in 1880, when he was sixteen—and he never looked back.  n Montana he worked the roundup, but in his spare time he drew and painted the free-spirited cowboy life around him. When he settled down to painting full-time, his spectacular work earned him worldwide fame as the “Cowboy Artist.”