Peter Hurd is known for his landscape, figure and genre paintings of New Mexico. Hurd was especially focused on capturing light and atmosphere. Born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1904 Hurd felt encouraged to become an artist and in 1924 took private lessons from well-known illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Many of his works depict the panoramic views he saw from his beloved ranch as well as the people with whom he was most familiar. It was said of Hurd, "An impeccable craftsmanship modeled the flanks of New Mexico hills and drew the cowboys raising dust in rodeos under a glittering June sky."