Delbert Buck is a premier maker of fanciful and amusing folk art. He began carving at the age of nine, making toy guns for his younger brothers.
From there, his artwork blossomed into the whimsical figures he is known for today. He assembles constructions from natural and found materials and cottonwood limbs, then carves and paints them.
Here, we have an elaborately decorated locomotive, being driven by a smiling cowboy, in his best shirt and jeans.
An equally happy sheep has hitched a ride on top, at the front, and seems to be enjoying the breeze from his high perch.
The sheep is covered in natural sheep’s fleece, except for his painted paper ears, with a blissful smile on his face. The locomotive is in the old style, with a tall smokestack.
Looks like this train, traversing the Navajo land, has come up with a sheep, in its cow-catcher in front!
A fun and fanciful piece made by an artist who has proclaimed that he just wants his work to make people smile, this lighthearted and decorative piece is just the touch of delightful silliness we all need in our lives!