A Well Drawn Legacy

A New Mexico rancher uses his education to preserve
the western lifestyle

Published by the K-State Agriculturist, Fall 2023 Edition

Story by Carlie Jones

Stroke by stroke, it’s impossible to overlook the impeccable detail and experience that goes into every drawing Dino Cornay creates. For almost 40 years, Cornay has built a legacy of portraying the western culture and lifestyle in a realistic manner with paper,
pencil and a little help from his time at Kansas State University.

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Dino Cornay, RW Hampton receive 2019 Rounders Award

SANTA FE – New Mexico artist Dino Cornay and performer/songwriter RW Hampton are the 2019 Rounders Award recipients.

The award is named after “The Rounders,” a classic western novel written by New Mexican Max Evans. Created in 1990 by former Agriculture Secretary Frank DuBois, the purpose of the award is to honor those who live, promote and articulate the western way of life. This year’s recipients join 25 previous honorees, including Evans as the inaugural award recipient. View Full Story    





In true Team Hereford fashion, supporters of the breed banded together to raise $47,350 to benefit the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and the Hereford Research Foundation (HRF).

“Timeless,” a graphite original drawing done by acclaimed artist Dino Cornay, headlined the special live auction held June 3 at Howl at the Moon in downtown Kansas City, Mo., in conjunction with “The Brand” Marketing Summit. As auctioneer Lander Nicodemus led the chant, buyers Barber Ranch, Channing, Texas; Bill King Ranch, Moriarty, N.M.; Colyer Herefords & Angus, Bruneau, Idaho; and Cottonwood Springs, Cedar, Mich., teamed up to place the winning bid for $27,000. The syndicate graciously donated the drawing to be hung in the American Hereford Association (AHA) headquarters in Kansas City. View Full Story



Pencil Pusher

For 30 years, artist Dino Cornay has built a career portraying in pencil the hardy people, livestock and horses around his home ranch in northeastern New Mexico.

Story & Photography by Tim Keller

From the vantage of his studio easel, Western pencil artist Dino Cornay can pause his work to gaze out big picture windows to the craggy grassland on the slopes below Capulin Volcano. His 110-year-old house sits behind the old Doherty Mercantile Co., now a fascinating museum, in downtown Folsom, New Mexico, population 54. Surrounded by family cattle outfits, including his family’s Cornay Ranch, he can count dots of white Charolais cattle grazing in the distance.

Except for four years away at college in Kansas, Cornay has lived his life within four miles of this spot. Although he’s built a career at this easel, the subject matter of his art is always the horses and livestock and people that he’s known since first kicking around the barns. View Full Story





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