Recently stumbled across a couple of True West Magazine pieces on the artist Ron Lesser, who is best known in Western circles for his iconic movie poster for the dark Clint Eastwood movie High Plains Drifter.
Lesser is a well-known artist for paperback novels and movie posters, with a flair for Western iconography. He has a series of paintings around the theme of frontier women smoking cigars, which I love, because… well, ain’t nothin’ sexier than a cigar-smokin’ woman, right?
Somewhere around here is a picture from our wedding reception back in 1993 (before women smoking cigars was trendy) with Marilyn in her pretty white dress with buckskin cowboy boots underneath, a shot glass of whiskey and a lit cigar, under a No Smoking sign. She was recreating the famous Keith Richards Patience Please, A Drug-Free America Comes First shot. Her very traditional What-Will-People-Think? mother was NOT pleased. Heh!
Back to Lesser. He had a very good career in paperback cover illustration, which is laid out here in an interview with the website Killer Covers. That market is gone, gone, gone. Photoshop killed it. So Lesser, who loves the Old West and has a very large collection of Western memorabilia, paints Western vignettes. I am especially taken with his series Guns, Garters and Cigars. Of course I am.