Barbara Van Cleve
Barbara Van Cleve is internationally renowned for her depictions of contemporary western ranch life. As a fifth-generation Montanan raised on the eastern slopes of the Crazy Mountains, Barbara has an unparalleled view of life in the west. Growing up on a ‘dude ranch’ allowed Barbara to experience the true essence of the western lifestyle that she adores. Her love for the lifestyle began as soon as Barbara could swing her leg over the back of a horse. Her passion for photography followed once she could get her hands on a camera. While the spirit of the west is nearly impossible to replicate, Barbara has dedicated her life to capturing images that give viewers a sense of the west through her eyes. Barbara’s photography exhibits the west’s grit, beauty, and tranquility. Her photography can be found in public and private collections in the US and internationally. Barbara’s exceptional photography and raw experience ranching has landed her in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Even in her 70s, Barbara’s spirit remains unchanged; the western lifestyle’s mark on her continues to inspire her to produce new images and share her viewpoint with the world.