The Story Of A Cowboy - Movie Star - Artist

by Michael Vojnovich
(Mesa, AZ)

Gene Sterling Artwork

Gene Sterling Artwork

Gene Sterling Artwork
Gene Sterling Artwork
Gene Sterling Artwork
famous seascape - for model homes and drug stores





Gene Sterling
Laguna Beach Artist


Gene Sterling was my Uncle and I have acquired his famous paintings recently from my mother. I thought that the Laguna Beach Art Colony would enjoy seeing the original paintings that were created by Gene when he resided in Laguna Beach back in the 60's and 70's. His painting of a matador entitled "The Brave One" sold millions of copies and the seascape has been placed in model homes and used in television backgrounds and sold in drug stores. My uncle prided in the community he surrounded himself in and his art.

Gene Sterling's Works are in the collection of:

Superior Judge Carlos Velarde, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mr and Mrs. Ross Andrews, Laguna Beach, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bean, Hollywood, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Damon Purdy, Honolulu, Hawaii
Dr. and Mrs. henry Herzog, Hollywood, Calif.
Dr. and M. A. Rogue, Monterey Park, Calif.
Don Cantrell, Laguna Beach, Calif.
Glenn J. church, Peoria, Ill.
Don Johnson, Oakland, Calif.
Yvonne, Kenward, Tujunga, Calif.
Jed Landin, Balboa, Calif.
Neyle Morrow, Los Angeles, Calif.
J.G. O'Connor, Washington, D.C.
Wendel Williams, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Edward Whelage, Whittier, Calif.
Veronica Miller, Herman, Pa.
Joseph Melville, Santa Ana, Calif.
Allen Titmus, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Jack Frost, Canoga Park, Calif.
David Love, Hollywood, Calif.

Gene Sterling studied under the late Leon Franks, an internationally noted artist, and Guy Bevill, a longtime Laguna Beach artist.

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Dec 25, 2015
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"The Brave One"
by: Iamsjh

My son just acquired "The Brave One" in Kittanning, Pa. Funny thing is, we are from southern Cal. We moved here to acquire a painting from a California artist.

Nov 20, 2015
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I saw the paintings of Gene and I am very much impressed on those paintings. I think he has been using a different style to draw such paintings. I appreciate Gene for his worthy art works. Keep updating such posts! sell airline miles

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Ross Andrews
by: Kenneth Andrews

I am the grandson of Ross Andrews mentioned above and my family is still in possession of several paintings from Gene and I am curious as many others of the value and market of them. As these are considered heirlooms we have no plan to sell them, but just more of a curiosity. I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has any more info on Gene as I have heard many stories about him through the years as a close family friend. Please feel free to contact me at kandrews8002@gmail.com.

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Ross Andrews
by: Kenneth Andrews

I am the grandson of Ross Andrews mentioned above and my family is still in possession of several paintings from Gene and I am curious as many others of the value and market of them. As these are considered heirlooms we have no plan to sell them, but just more of a curiosity. I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has any more info on Gene as I have heard many stories about him through the years as a close family friend. Please feel free to contact me at kandrews8002@gmail.com.

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Dec 28, 2014
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Conquistador - The Conqueror
by: Anonymous

In response .. the back of the original Conquistador has special markings showing proof that it is the original. It clearly has info to verify it is the original from which others were made. Still looking for price quote.

Dec 28, 2014
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Since the 70's
by: Anonymous

I have conquistador also since the 79's

Oct 19, 2014
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Conquistador - The Conqueror
by: Anonymous

I have acquired the original Conquistador painting.
Any idea and value? ... Would be willing to sell for the right price... make me an offer.. gonwfs(at)gmail.com ...Have a blessed day!..

Feb 18, 2014
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Palette of Autumn
by: Jill

I have an original painting from Gene Sterling: Palette of Autumn, its beautifully framed and I love it. I would be interested in selling it at the right price.

Nov 09, 2013
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i too have this I❤IT.
by: crystal burgio

I have this painting also , it has been in my family for over thirty years. It's one of my favorites..

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i have this also...
by: Anonymous

I have this painting,it has been in my family for over thirty years.. it's one of my favorites.

Jul 18, 2013
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Young Navaho
by: Joyce P.

I have a painting of the title above and bought it from Mr. Sterling in 1985 when he was selling off his paintings. A friend took me to see him in a cabin in the Lake Arrowhead area. The painting is beautiful and one of my prized possessions. I would love to talk to anyone who can tell me the value of this art.

May 19, 2013
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Conquistador
by: Lynette

My boyfriend has the original Conquistador painting. His father purchased it.

Mar 27, 2013
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The Conquistador (1970)
by: Andrew Ralston

I finally found a copy of The Conquistador on Ebay! For year I'd always wondered about it and who originally painted him. My parents bought a print in kansas City circa 1970 and it is ever present in quite a few of our photo albums and entwined with my childhood. He always seemed spooky to me...like a Disneyland Haunted Mansion specter. I wonder where the original is and if it's viewable by the public somewhere of in a private collection. Thanks for the info. I'd love to see high quality images of the rest of his work too.

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Gene and Western Swing Music
by: Will Anderson

I am so glad to see a mention of Gene Sterling on the web. When I was 21 back in 1975-6, he took an interest in a 5 piece Western Swing Band I was singer/front man for, The Interstate 5. I had previously traveled worldwide with Up With People! during my senior year of High School.

Gene got us a gig at a bar he had interest in, Uncle Hubert's Royal Caboose on Balboa Island on Sunday nites.

Before long, folks in their 50s were showing up and jitterbugging. One night, the bartender told us to be on our best the next week, because the dark eyed beauty that had been sitting in a booth was John Wayne's daughter Aissa, and she had talked the Duke (who loved western music) into coming to see our act the next week. Sadly, when we arrived the next Sunday, the bar was padlocked, having gone into receivership. I can't help thinking we missed a date with destiny.

As I made the rounds of The Palamino Club in North Hollywood (and many other Country &Western clubs) after that, I discovered that the jitterbuggers were other country musicians who wanted a walk down memory lane. I eventually met Tex Williams, Merle Haggard, backed up Eddie Dean, Red Simpson and many others.

I later fronted a bad for Grand Ol' Opry member Warren Purcell, whom Johnny Cash called his little brother No Cash. Through him, I met Charlie Pride. Warren had previously been A & R Man for Delta Studios in Nashville, Bob Wills old label.

I eventually moved away from California, finished my education, had a rich and varied life, and ended up in Tennessee, my ancestral home.

Gene was a true gentleman. He was a contemporary of Gene Autry. He is missed.

Nov 26, 2011
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Thank You
by: Gloria G

I purchased a copy of Mr Sterling's "The Brave One"
in 1971 and this painting became the conversation
at many dinner parties we gave. Everyone who saw it thought it was my husband, the resembles is amazing.

This painting is now hanging in the hall of my daughters home and is enjoyed as much today as when
we purchased it in the early 70's.

We have been searching for any information on Mr.
Sterling, thanks for ending our journey.

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