Saddle Bronco Riding Skunk by Delbert Buck

This skunk, with his intricately painted and carved saddle is rodeo ready.  Dressed up in his riding best--fancy shirt, embellished buckskin chaps over blue jeans and the iconic "rez" hat.  Standing tall, this skunk is ready to enter the competition.

Hand carved from wood and intricately painted, this brings a smile to everyone’s face. Silly and thoroughly delightful, this will enliven any room.

Navajo Folk Artist Delbert Buck was born in Shiprock, New Mexico to Wilford and Jenny Buck.  Like other Navajo folk artists, Delbert is self-taught with the unusual distinction of starting at the ripe old age of nine.  His artwork started in an innocent way with the carving of toy guns for his younger brothers.  The idea of carving figures just came to him.  He first thought of carving a horse as he is an avid horse lover and rodeo participant, his favorite being bull-riding.  The horse was soon followed by a chicken and then a goose. He didn’t think about adding a human being to his pieces until his fifth carving.  He thought it would be funny to show his grandma driving a truck.  He had only seen her drive once and thought it would be a funny image.  He never did show his grandmother that piece but he managed to get a laugh out his mother.

His inspirations are many.  His ideas come from looking around at the ordinary things in his daily life whether animals or people.  The greatest encouragement of his work has come from his parents, especially his Mom.  He listens to stories told by his mother and grandmother.  His Mom also gives him ideas.  Delbert feels his work has a life energy all its own.  He can look at one of his carvings and envision a man riding a chicken down the road.  Some Delbert's favorite and repeated topics are airplanes, horses and cowboys and wagons.  Inspired by the work of Charles Willeto (Navajo 1897-1964 medicine man who became a folk artist late in life) knowing there is a place in the world of art for his unique interpretations.