Riders Along the Painted Desert
(unframed) 8 x 10 in.
(framed) 15.5 x 17.5 in.
My mother, Roynel Wiggins, was a top rodeo cowgirl in her day, defying the traditional roles of women. She still has one of the belt buckles she won bull riding. Later, she owned and operated a nightclub and two large ranches in Northeastern Arizona, the Pinta and Black Rock. Riders Along the Painted Desert pays homage to her life back in 1950s Arizona. It depicts a group of riders at dusk traversing her Pinta Ranch, located some 40 miles north of Holbrook, Arizona. Taking the lead is her gentle Navajo ranch foreman, Christian Morris. In the distance, a sacred mesa stands as a silent guardian over the Painted Desert.