Putting cowboys and the west on canvas

You can't help but be captivated and intrigued by the beauty of the Sandhills when you look at the art work of Mariel Klingbeil.

Klingbeil calls Callaway home. "Normally I just do oil painting, but I also do pencil work, and now I'm doing quite a bit of sculpture," Klingbeil said. She is not someone who went to school for art. Her painting is something that just comes naturally she says. Many of her paintings deal with the Sandhills, with cowboys, and western scenes. "My husband and I lived in the Sandhills for many years," Klingbeil said. "I've always admired ranch life. So my work is depicting that. And even thought I now live in the town of Callaway, I still paint pictures of the Sandhills, because that's where my heart is." Klingbeil says she loves the openness, the big sky, and the way of life that can be found in the Sandhills.

"I grew up in New England. I had a dream ever since I was a very little girl, about coming out west," Klingbeil said. "I had the opportunity to come here when I was 21, and when my friends went back home, I just stayed. As a result, I met my husband, and I've been here ever since."

Klingbeil was recently featured in "Western Horseman" magazine. "I have no idea how they found out about me," Klingbeil said. "One day I received a call from a writer, and she asked if I would mind being interviewed, and I said I'd love it. She came over and photographed my work."

You can purchase Klingbeil's work, and she has a gallery in the basement of her home where paintings and sculpture are both on display.