Man's Retirement Turns into Art Career

Well they say when you retire you don't do anything. And I think I found me a full time job and it's right here in this shop, but I have a lot of fun at it,” he said.

Since he started three years ago he's become a well known bit and spur artist capturing a culture he loves.

The cowboy way of life, cowboys are a dying breed. And this is just my way to keep that cowboy way of life going,” Dan said.

Dan grew up around cowboys, but says he doesn't make a good one himself. Which is why he's found a different way to contribute.

Part of the cowboys are his spurs, they wear them all the time, you can pretty much look at his spurs and it will tell you what kind of guy he is,” he said.

Dan keeps track of all his work, and knows who bought each piece and where they are. Some as far away as Tennessee, Mississippi and Arizona.

He's made about 400 belt buckles and this is his 219th pair of spurs.

A number he hopes continues to grow during this career he calls retirement.

And this weekend you can see Dan's work as well as dozens of other artists from New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

The annual Kemp at the forum "Cowboy True" art exhibit and auction is Friday and Saturday at the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural center.

The exhibit is free both days, but there are still tickets left for Saturday night's steak dinner and auction with live music.

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