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Lester HammondBorn in 1906, this Montana rancher, absent of electricity and running water in his cabin, found great joy in sketching with ink. He would illustrate images of things he loved or situations he experienced, typically using whatever materials were available at the time.

Wielding only a common ink pen and the closest used envelope or a scrap of paper, his sketches would bring to life the day’s event or capture a more simple approach of the refined artist he loved, CM Russell.

These scraps of paper with simple yet elegant character have been passed on and down through family as a reminder of a man they dearly loved and respected. For images created to be so temporary in nature it is ironic that they are now cast in stone, capturing forever a moment in time, a story and a life from a ranch in southeast Montana.

Lester Hammond passed away on his ranch almost 30 years ago and was buried on a mountain overlooking his cabin. I married his namesake and grandson and am privileged to be able to share these images in a form that permanently portrays those family memories.

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