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Popularity in highland cow paintings

You might be thinking to yourself, ‘I don’t know anything about Highland cow art.’ I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. You’re not alone! Many people in the world are just like you and me when it comes to understanding art. But we can all agree on one thing: cows are pretty cool.”

“Cow paintings have been around for a long time, but they’ve become more popular over the past few years because of some high profile artists who specialize in them. In this blog post, we’ll explore a popular Highland cow painter and why Highland cows became so popular.”

A lot of people enjoy watching cows graze on a field. It’s so peaceful and calming to watch them do what they were made for, while we humans sit back with our coffee in hand or take pictures from afar. But why is it that some cow paintings are more popular than others? What makes one painting stand out among the rest? I’ve done some research and found out! Let’s talk about this week’s most popular highland cow painters.

In a short time, Steven Brown has found success in the art world with his nostalgic take on McCoo. His first painting was so well received that he felt encouraged to create more and made one for charity as well.

Steven’s style is the perfect blend of nostalgia and modernity. His first McCoo, Harris, quickly became a sensation among his friends who showered him with tears of joy when they received it as a gift from Steven. Encouraged by their enthusiasm for this painting which was later auctioned off for charity Cash For Kids in support of  sick children across Scotland.


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The rise in colourful animal paintings exploded and you couldn’t turn anywhere without seeing one of these works of art.

Be it from Steven brown himself or one of the many artist he inspired.

Festivals took on the look for logos, cafes displayed brightly coloured paintings all in a new recognisable direction of vibrant colour meets animal.

But still… the classic highland cow had its spot in traditional highland hotels and bars, peoples homes and collectors alike.

Weather you like bright colours or traditional art. There is something for everyone.

Isla is a self confessed Highland Coo Art collector.

I caught up with her to ask exactly what it is that sparked her passion for these wonderful Scottish animals

Isla MacRae – I loved all cows growing up, my nana and I used to walk through the fields and she’d always remind me “just dont look at them and you’ll be ok”

“Highland cows are just so cute just like big teddy bears” -Isla says

They leave me with memories of village life, something that inspired where I live today.

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We’ve all seen them. They are the cows in your pasture, on a hillside, or at an agricultural fair that seem to be looking right back at you with their big brown eyes and happy faces. These highland cow artists have captured something special about these animals that we often take for granted. But they aren’t just making pictures – they’re capturing memories of what it means to live alongside this noble creature who is so important to agriculture and our rural communities! So whether it’s “Moo” or “Baa,” let these talented highland cow artists help you inspire lasting memories of your own today. 

I hope you enjoyed the article about our favorite highland cow painter and that it was fun to learn a little bit more about Highland Cow art.

If you know of any other famous or popular cows, please let me know in the comments!


14 thoughts on “Popularity in highland cow paintings

  1. Great article.

    I often find myself in oreo-print moo-moo’s as I draw – it makes me feel like I’m a part of bovine culture everywhere. So, yeah, there’s my connection to this.

    I actually like anything that reminds me of southwestern U.S. ranches. I have a Lonesome Dove affinity. If I only had the money.

    Take care.

    1. Hello, and thank You for sharing! feel free to share your paintings with us here!

  2. Nice post, I also invite you to come to me for beauty advice.

  3. Cow art seems pretty interesting though very niche.
    Learnt something new though.
    Nice piece.

  4. Cute!
    I couldn’t find the “like” button .
    Well, it’s interesting to see what other artists do.
    Thanks also for stopping by at my art site!

  5. Thank you for sharing the background on this. I really had no idea what was behind all these beautiful Highland Cow paintings. Great post!

  6. Unique and appealing pieces.

  7. Like to see what is happening in the art world as I work with our Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival here in Cambridge, Ohio. Keep up the good work.

  8. So cool!!! Thank You!

  9. Where I am, I do see a lot of Holstein cattle and horses on ranches. They always seem pretty relaxed, even when there’s severe weather.

  10. I love it and yes it is popular. I make Greeting cards and 3-D shadow boxes. The highland is one that sells well for me.

  11. Really interesting!

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