Spirit of the West: The Images of David R. Stoecklein by David R. Stoecklein
Spirit of the West showcases David's most beautiful and powerful images of the working cowboys, cowgirls, and horses that he has befriended in the last fifteen years of photographing ranches across the American West. David's fascination with the American West led him to befriend, and subsequently photograph, the men and women still breathing life into the mythical figure of the cowboy.
David W. Stevenson is the founder and co-owner of Two by Four, an advertising agency based in Chicago. Two by Four's clients include work for Western brands like Wrangler Jeanswear, Ariat boots, sooner Trailers, and more. Growing up in Dallas, David has always been around the western lifestyle. Additionally, through the many television and photography shoots he has art directed, he has developed a respect of the Western culture, its people, and imagery. David lives just outside of Chicago with his wife Becky, three kids, two dogs, two mice and a fish named Justin. David R. Stoecklein has worked closely with ranchers and cowboys from every Western state. Through his work, he has gained a deep understanding of and respect for cowboys. His quest to keep the spirit of the West alive is heartfelt and uncompromising. David spends every free moment photographing cowboys and all elements of their lives, preserving their heritage and traditions. David resides in Sun Valley with his wife, Mary, and their three sons.