Our mission is to create an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment for our guests that ignites a passion for the arts and offers an incomparable home stay experience. Doves Rest Cabins supports a myriad of local and native American artistic talent that advocates genuine artistry so we can offer the highest level of art in our cabins for our guest’s enjoyment. You will still see some familiar artists when visiting our cabins, but we are also pleased to introduce new emerging artists, whose pieces will surely catch your eye. All of our art is offered for sale to our guests.
We welcome you to our Doves Rest “Art Gallery” of Cabins!
Jim Davis, Photographer, is a native of Southern California but relocated to the Texas Panhandle with his family as a young adult. His interest in photography developed as he explored the West Texas Panhandle and surrounding states on his Harley Davidson. Photography has become his passion and his landscapes are displayed far beyond the Texas Panhandle. A married father of four, being a grandfather is his favorite role. His work can be seen at www.jdavisimages.com and on Facebook at Jim Davis Images.
Artist David Townsend of Canyon/Amarillo, Texas, has been painting and drawing since he was a child, studying privately in Texas, then later at the Art Students League in New York City. While living in New York, he was the featured artist in a one man show at the Regency Whist Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
As a small child he and his family lived at Navajo Station, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. Returning to Texas the family maintained close ties with their friends in the area. His parents were, and are still avid collectors of the Native American culture. David attended church as a child in a Navajo hogan before his father helped build the mission at broken arrow chapel in Bitahoche. This period in the artist’s life allowed him to develop a strong admiration and love for the Indian people and their culture. These early years played an integral part in the style and subject matter with which the artist has developed. He has mastered the technique of making each painting an extraordinary visual experience showing the artist’s feelings of man and the land. He brings a special touch of the southwest and Texas landscapes to life on each canvas. Each of David’s paintings demonstrates the artist’s feel for color, light and space, and his skill for developing a scene that is visually intriguing, being full of warmth and life. Over the years David has developed a distinct style of contemporary design with traditional subject matter. Working as a graphic artist for 17 years is where he learned more about composition.
David has won several awards including top honors at Woodstock School of Art national painting exhibition and competition in New York. His works can be found in art establishments and private and corporate collections in the southwest as well as the eastern seaboard. Several of David’s works have been published as limited edition prints. Currently he is being included in a new book “Journeys with Georgia” by California author Nikita Bowlin, which traces the geographical steps of artist Georgia O’Keefe. The book was released in the summer of 2010.
David owned and operated an Indian gallery in Canyon Texas for nine-years, featuring art including pottery from various tribes as well as jewelry and artifacts. He has been invited and attended sacred Navajo Yei Bi’ Chei ceremonies by friend Sherman Woody of Church Rock, New Mexico. He is also honored with invitations to attend and participate in the Quanah Parker sweat lodge ceremonies at Star House in Cache Oklahoma, and is a member of the Quanah Parker Society. He is the gift shop manager/buyer for the Visitor’s Center Gift Shop in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.
David was adopted into the Parker family by Don Parker, great grandson of Quanah Parker. The Comanche name given was Tabe Kwi Ne, ( Sun Eagle ) A cedar burning ceremony with Don singing Comanche songs, and a prayer said in Comanche by Baldwin “Buster” Parker’s wife Marguerite Parker. This took place in Quanah’s bedroom at The Star House in Cache, Oklahoma. Since David’s adoption and Comanche name giving, he has been asked and participated in Quanah Parker Arrow dedications in various areas, participated in Baldwin Parker memorial gourd dance in Cache Oklahoma as well doing a presentation about Palo Duro Canyon at the Quanah Parker Historical Society events at the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock Texas. He has also participated in some of the Quanah Parker Trail dedications.
Tim Saupitty is a self-taught Comanche Artist residing in Lawton, OK. He owns Saupitty Art Studio & has been in the Indian Art Business for over forty years. The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council recently honored Mr. Saupitty as the 2013 Artist of the Year. “This award is our expression of our appreciation for all the hard work you have done. Your efforts on behalf of the cultural life of our community have been instrumental in making Lawton a great place to live”, they wrote.
Mr. Saupitty loves his Comanche culture & takes pride in his heritage, tribal customs, stories & historical accounts, all of which he portrays in his work, capturing the simplicity & beauty of the Comanche way of life. His works are a visual interpretation of stories told to him by tribal elders, making him a graphic historian. Saupitty’s art invites the observer to see & feel, not artistic & beautiful pictures alone, but factual or historic events which serve as a record for upcoming generations. He’s a unique & diverse Artist with a variety of artistic styles; his work can follow a traditional flat style, or a more abstract style with dramatic color and texture.
An amazingly productive & versatile graphic historian he has painted hundreds of original paintings. Through his artistry the viewer is made to believe himself a part of the painting; surrounded by warriors, by soft-breathing winds, by the result of feathers or the dash of their horses as they bound past him. His painting can be remarkably serene of Comanche encampments on enameled plains, with grassy tops softening in the distance into an explosive blood-stirring sunrise. His paintings show the wild ferocity of the Comanche warriors from the colors of his war paint, to his horsemanship in the prance of his pony; to a Chieftain silhouette against a thunderous sky with clouds casting their swiftly moving shadows upon the earth. These types of soul-melting sceneries invite you to become lost in contemplation, to a place where the mind could think volumes but the tongue must be silent.
Quanah Parker Burgess
Quanah Parker Burgess is from the Quahada (Antelopes or Antelope Eaters) and Penateka (Wasps) Band of Comanches. He is named after his great great Grandfather, Quanah Parker, The last War Chief of the Comanches. Quanah is also proud of his Kiowa, Cheyenne, & Hispanic Heritage.
Born 1975 in Lawton, Oklahoma, he also lived in Arizona, Montana, Pennsylvania, and graduated high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He considers Lawton & Santa Fe ‘home’! Even though his family moved around a lot pursuing jobs and education, it gave young Quanah a chance to broaden his views, living on several different Indian Reservations(San Carlos Apache, AZ & Ft. PeckSioux/Assinaboine, MT) and experiencing many types of cultures was a great experience.
He is a 4th generation artist and has been painting professionally since 1996, selling his first paintings at the World Olympics in Atlanta, GA. He is collegeeducated, and started painting that reflected his own heritage and tribal history. Quanah gives much credit to his fellow Native artists before him, of whom he studied their techniques by simply looking at their work and admiring their creative beauty.
His parents both have been inspiring and supportive to both Quanah and his older brother, Nocona, also a successful artist in New Mexico. His father, Ronald “Tachaco” Burgess, Ph.D., is also an artist, who created the Comanche Tribal Seal and his mother LaNora Parker has dedicated her life to counseling and working with native youth. On his mother’s side, Quanah’s Kiowa Family are the Oncos/Aunkos and known as the “Calendar Keepers“, who recorded history by painting on hides, tepees, and ledgers.
He currently shows his work in galleries and art markets all over the country. He feels that meeting different people and sharing his art enriches his life as much as creating the art itself. “I’ve learned all the tools mostly handson, and that can’t always be learned in college! Although, the formal training has contributed to the artist I am today. I’ve had some great teachers and words of encouragement from elder tribal artists and those who taught and encouraged me will never be forgotten!”
“My art is about the history and beauty of my Native American heritage and culture. It’s powerful and has a soul! Quanah Parker Burgess