The Denver Post, August 23, 2009
- "A different kind of ranch, a different kind of cowboy artist"
The sky at Chico Basin Ranch seems impossibly vast, befitting the rolling landscape it covers like a pale blue bowl: 87,000 grass-cloaked acres, studded with five spring-fed lakes and, depending on the season, up to 2,500 cattle. The ranch, situated in an empty place on the map more than 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, is a cowboy's paradise. That means it is also paradise for any cowboy artist worth his paint. Which is where the two Dukes come in, a pair of princes in their respective realms and visionaries to boot. Duke Phillips is the rancher. Duke Beardsley is the artist... Go to article»