Ron Emig’s life is filled with Western and wildlife scenes — cowboys and Indians, mountain men, wagon trains and longhorn cattle on a trail drive. The scenes take up thousands of print photos that Emig has shot over the years and recently with a digital camera. A few hundred of the scenes have been captured in oil on canvas paintings. His favorite size painting is 24-by-36 inches.
When his daughter Claire Johnson, who teaches kindergarten at Nike Elementary School, asked him to do a portrait of Jeffrey White that could be presented to the fallen soldier’s parents when the school planted a tree in White’s memory, he admits to having a moment of hesitation.
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