Marlene McChesney, a member
of Cowboy Photographers and Artists International, was raised on a third
generation family farm in West Central Illinois near the town of
Gladstone, population 350. Marlene acquired an appreciation for good
livestock almost by osmosis, as her eye for quality was passed from her
Grandfather, to her Father and now resides within Marlene.
As a teenager Marlene
worked beside her father whenever horses were required to work cattle.
Marlene raised her daughter on the family farm as well and, in time,
established her own herd of foundation quarter horse mares.
Today, Marlene is Herdsman
for the family's custom calving operation. Her proximity to the
tension-filled, relationship between cows, calves and horses sparked her
interest in capturing it on film. Marlene's work style is one of perpetual
motion, which is why most of Marlene's photographs were taken on the back
of her horse.