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High Hill Country Cosmic Rain, 2017 is rooted in the Cosmic Cowboy era of 1972 Austin.


2020 National Juried Art Show & Competition

TagAt120 Art Gallery  Taylor, TX

August 29 – October 17, 2020

Working as a student photographer for

UT's Ranger magazine, I found myself chauffeuring Jerry Jeff and his friend, Jimmy Buffett, around Austin while his pickup was in the shop, on our way to Jerry Jeff's new home in the west Austin hills.


Forty-five years later, when I ran across this image of the two troubadours looking out from a rock wall by the pool, I detected a spidery fungus crawling across the negative’s sky. In the spirit of "Onward Through the Fog”, I added some colorful crackling, country cosmic rain.

The grins on their faces tell me I did

the right thing. – John Van Beekum, 2020

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