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A fantasy "light painting" artwork of a wagon near a canyon at night by artist Xavier Nuez


I found this wagon while walking around Fort Worth, Texas. It was in a holding pen outside the Cowtown Coliseum in the historic Stockyards district, where twice daily a cattle drive goes through the center of town.

The wagon is part of a wild west spectacle held weekly called Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show... just a few good reasons Fort Worth is called the "City of Cowboys"!! Unfortunately I couldn't see the show while I was there but its officially on my bucket list.... One day I will see Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show !

I found the wagon in the day and set up waiting for night to start lighting it.


The wagon is owned by Texas Cowboy Hall of Famer and Fort Worth icon, Hub Baker, who gave me the wagon's history. It was one of the freight wagons on the Cumberland Trail. It was also the wagon that was sent to get the scattered personal items of Wiley Post and Will Rogers after their fatal plane crash in 1935. Baker purchased it after the Texas sesquicentennial wagon train ended in Fort Worth in 1986 and has has been in the Ft Worth stockyards since then.

At the time of sale the wagon was owned by Paul Brugeman, who's wagon master was Leo Miller. He was the man who took the wagon and team to get the items of Post and Rogers. Leo was also the man who drove it 3600 miles on the Texas wagon train. There may be a pop quiz on the above history....


"In none of his photos does Nuez exploit the obvious" 

Montreal Gazette

"Seductive ... Nuez's photos do not leave one indifferent"

Ciel Variable - Contemporary Photography magazine


Light Paintings series


I sometimes fantasize that with the snap of a finger, I can escape reality ... in a moment, be transported to a dream world free of life's demands, a child's playground where magic exists and all is right with the world.My Light Paintings are that portal. Through them I can transcend reality and escape into these beautiful, vibrant yet peaceful realms.




Although there is some digital manipulation in this series, the unusual lighting and surreal quality in the Light Painting series is achieved by using colored lights during long exposures. They are not digital effects.



    Our unique and vibrant photographs will add depth and stunning color to any home, office or public space. They are offered in two main finishes


    1. Metal float mount
    Our Metal prints have a magical luminescence. Their vibrant, saturated colors jump off the wall, and will last for generations. They are created by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets making them incredibly durable and scratch resistant. The ready-to-hang finished piece is float mounted, so they float one inch off the wall.


    2. Archival prints
    We print on premium quality Sunset eSatin paper, using archival Ultrachrome inks for incredible endurance and color saturation. These prints will last for generations.

    11x14 and 16x20 sizes are available with or without a window mat. If you are unsure which is best for you, feel free to contact us. Most clients seem to purchase without the window mat.


    Prints larger than 16X20 are available as full-frame prints, without a white border or a window mat. If you want a white border, just let us know!

    If you have a specific size requirement, that's no problem! Maybe the perfect size is somewhere between two of the sizes in the drop down list. In that case, the price would be the proportional difference. We?ve also stretched and cropped pieces for customers to fit precise spaces. Give us the dimensions and we'll email you image options for you to choose from. There is no charge for the extra labor in custom sizing pieces.


    Metal prints in the following sizes include a Certificate of Authenticity, which will be mailed to you:

    48X65 or 48X72: edition of 15

    43X57 or 40X60: edition of 25

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    24X30 or 22X33: edition of 100

    16X20 or 16X24: edition of 200

    We want you to be happy with your art purchase. If a piece arrives damaged or defective, please contact us and a replacement will be shipped. All of my finished pieces are created using the highest quality archival processes. They come with a lifetime guarantee against fading or color shift.

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