James Nottage, Chief Curatorial Officer of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, begins his Foreword by bringing the readers attention to the scope of this book.
“The book you hold in your hands is the honest and open story of Veryl Goodnight’s journey as a person and as an artist. One should contemplate, however, not just how her work has grown and developed over the years. The personal story since the early 1970’s runs in concert with pivotal years in the story of the field of Western art itself.”
“No Turning Back” is far more than a record of four decades of Veryl Goodnight’s career. It is a nostalgic look at the relationship that galleries had with artists in the 1970’s. Christine Mollring, owner of Trailside Galleries from 1971 to 1994, brings the reader to humorous accounts of these relationships in the introduction. Western history enthusiasts will find a treasure of little-known facts about the lives of Colonel Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight in the essay by B. Bryon Price. Roger Brooks, Veryl’s husband and business manager since 1987, relives the saga and challenges of placing “The Day the Wall Came Down,” a seven-ton monument to freedom, in Berlin, Germany and at the George H. Bush Presidential Library.
Veryl Goodnight shares stories in her own words of the animals, landscape, and history that have influenced four decades of her work. She explores social influences that have affected the art of her generation and illustrates the positive changes brought to the art world more recently through digital technology. She openly credits many of her contemporaries for their support and compares painting with sculpture.