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Casper Artist Zachary Pullen Illustrates Local Man’s Life In Public Display

Tim Carey of ProFilms of Casper examines the panels displaying Zachary Pullen “Cowboy Ethics” series at the entrance of the NERD YMCA lot on Wednesday afternoon in Casper. Carey printed photographs of the original paintings on the vinyl applications for the display and was giving them a quality control check. The paintings were unveiled during a ceremony earlier this week. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A series of paintings by artist Zachary Pullen were unveiled in a ceremony this week at the new NERD YMCA complex in Casper.

Businessman and philanthropist Mick McMurry had discussed the idea of using Pullen to illustrate a children’s book based on James P. Owen’s list of cowboy ethics. After McMurry’s death in 2015 the idea took on a larger life, eventually becoming 10 original pieces of art representing McMurry’s life and his dedication to using “cowboy ethics” as a guide.

“I worked on them for a little over two years, final planning lasted about two months,” said Pullen. The design of the wall is also symbolic, with two lines along the wall starting smooth then roughing out before becoming smooth again. “It’s a subliminal design,” said Pullen.

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The characters in the paintings represent McMurry throughout his life, but are also varied enough so they aren’t just multiple portraits, said Pullen.

McMurry’s original idea will come full circle. While the paintings can now be enjoyed in a permanent display on a retaining wall at the NERD YMCA lot, they will eventually be used in an upcoming children’s book.

Siva Gramm-Rohm examines the new Zachary Pullen series of paintings based on “Cowboy Ethics” at the NERD YMCA on Wednesday afternoon in Casper. Siva, a Casper native now living in Arizona, stopped by to see the exhibit during a visit to her hometown. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The “Cowboy Code of Ethics” is a series of 10 paintings by Zachary Pullen based on the book by James P. Owen. The list of ethics were a favorite of the late businessman and philanthropist Mick McMurry. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The 10 “Cowboy Ethics” paintings by Zachary Pullen line a retaining wall in front of the new NERD YMCA building in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The paintings at the NERD YMCA are dedicated to Mick McMurry, who died in 2015, had discussed the idea of Zachary Pullen illustrating “cowboy ethics” for a children’s book. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
A detail of a painting by Zachary Pullen at the NERD YMCA in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The panel representing “Do what has to be done”, one of 10 “Cowboy Ethics” paintings at the NERD YMCA in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Artist Zachary Pullen poses in his Casper studio on May 3, 2017. Some of the paintings for the “cowboy ethics” project can be seen on the wall. The project took about two years, according to Pullen. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)