Rush Artistic Productions
A Native Texan's Unique Talent
|WARNING: Unauthorized reproduction or use of any paintings or images on the pages of this
website, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission of Artist William Rush.
All art images & photographs are the sole property of RUSH ARTISTIC PRODUCTIONS of
Houston, Texas and are strictly protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.
CLICK HERE for:
The 1869 Cowboy Company
First Official appearance: Assisting with a Fund Raiser for the
Fayetteville, Texas Volunteer Fire Department in 1973.
Generally Paid for every Performance, the troop was always ready
to help raise needed funds and appeared gratis annually for such
worthwhile groups as The SUNSHINE KIDS Foundation and The
M.D. ANDERSON Cancer Center.
Remembering A Cowboy & Friend
April 12, 1925 - June 28, 2009
COWBOY Cast Members Look On as Sheriff Bill deputizes a child on Gun Safety. Each time
a New Deputy Took An Oath (Promised) not to touch a firearm at a friend's home - a 'stick-on'
Badge was given to the child and they were welcomed as a new cowboy or cowgirl deputy.
Sheriff Bill Reflects: "We all worked hard at our full-sized
Western Set we build up in Spring, Texas. It was complete with
shingled roofs, wooden sidewalks, Post Office, Two Story Hotel,
Barber Shop, Saloon, Telegraph Office, plus Bank & Express
Office. One time, at the close of the 4th show of the 3rd day we
performed "The Express Office" [a crowd-pleasing routine where
the safe was blown-up by Outlaws.... who were quickly shot or
captured as they fled] something unscripted happened; as I began
naming each cowboy and they stood up to unusually loud
applause, someone yelled that The Set was "on fire" behind me.
It WAS! We raced around dumping Igloos, water bottles, iced
drinks... even cold coffee!... while stomping on the smoldering
flames that resulted from the black powder charge used to "blow
the safe". When it was all finally over, a mass of spectators
crossed the rope barricade and declared that it had been "the most
realistic show" we'd ever done and wanted to know when we would
do THAT show again! We couldn't convince them that it was a
near-tragic accident because if it had not been controlled, most or
all of historic "Old Town Spring" would have surely burned
Horses were frequently necessary when The Cowboy Company rode in a
Grand Entry at a rodeo, participated in a Trail Drive or annual Houston
Livestock Show Parade downtown, and sometimes at the request of Clients
who owned ranches or ran entertainment event sites built on a Western
Rodeo Theme. (Bill with 'Stella' - "...a wonderful horse that was amazingly
sure-footed and tireless from break of day until after sunset!") The saddle
is a Civil War original McClellan. The carbine is an original 50.70 Sharps.
COWBOYS: Toby, Bill (Ranger Bill on this day), Bruce, Mark, Gene (Weasel Eye) and Paul (Scout).
Sometimes we would have to rustle-up more cowboys (beyond the usual dozen we could count on)
because we found our group heavily Booked during Festival Season. Weasel Eye would head off to some
Convention Center or Hotel with one group while Sheriff Bill and a crew of solid actors performed at
another site. The troop played at Private Parties, Company Picnics, Weddings, and even appeared Live
on The Merve Griffin Show. Also played for the Saudi King of Arabia and for a U.S. President at The
Economic Summit held in Houston, Texas. We met millions of people and had a lot of fun. CHECK
OUT OLD TOWN SPRING'S WEBSITE TODAY: http://www.oldtownspring.com/history.htm
The ARTIST standing in
center of these Cowboys;
Joe is 3rd from the Right,
next to Rush.
CLICK the URL below to
visit Joe's website and see
him with many of your
favorite Western Actors.
The Artist on left as "Sheriff Bill" &
his friend Gene Whitenack on right as
"Weasel Eye". The two performed
together & with Joe Bowman for over
30 years, entertaining Texas Visitors
from around the world; performing
very often in the same Venues and
Deputizing Children on Gun Safety.
AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE IS A
BADGE that we used (appx. 3" Dia.)
Although the Skits performed were presented in a
comical light for Entertainment - they also were
'Morality Plays' and carried an old message:
BEING A BAD GUY JUST DOESN'T PAY.
Our Outlaws were dumber than their horses. They
got blown up with the Express Office Safe! There
horses wandered-off and left them! The Sheriff
just might be totally incompetent - or worse - one
of the Bad Guys... drunk - or Taking Bribes!
[DON'T WORRY - THERE WERE MANY 'GOOD
GUY' SHERIFFS TO GO AROUND] Still, the one
thing you could bet your boots on - in the end - THE
GOOD GUYS ALWAYS WON.
A Live Texas Western Theater Troup Founded in 1973
Joe Bowman will be missed by all of his Cowboy Friends. Sheriff Bill said
upon hearing the sad news: "We knew Joe as a Man's MAN! And we
can rest easy now - because we know that when it's our turn to
follow him down That Same Trail.... Joe will have cleared it of
any lurking BAD MEN!"
The ARTIST TALKS ABOUT A POPULAR SKIT:
"A frequently requested Show involved
some rough Cowboys who ride into town
"thirsty" with a pocket full of Trail Drive
Pay. A gambling table is set up in front of
the Saloon, drinks served, and after a
warning by The Sheriff about 'cheatin' or
'actin rowdy'... he leaves them to play cards.
An argument leads to a Shoot Out:
Weasel Eye had his part down pat! As you
can see in the stop-action photos below - he
could drop all the other Bad Guys in a split
second! Unfortunately for him - The Sheriff
then gets the drop on old Weasel Eye..."
CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE (Low Res Film Strip)
THIS IS A SUPER PHOTO OF JOE - I didn't
water-mark this pic because I noticed that Joe
had it on his website and chose not to watermark
it. Of all the pics he sent me over the years -
THIS IS JOE AS I'LL ALWAYS SEE HIM. Joe
was a great Leather Craftsman and he made
those beautiful Cowboy Boots & Holsters.
CLICK Sheriff Bill's Colt .45 Single Action
Army (with all Matching Serial Numbers,
Factory Ivory & Nickel - plus a COLT
LETTER of Authentication)
CLICK ON IMAGES
CAST MEMBERS IN PHOTO: Ed (Parson), Doug, Judge Bill (Loophole)
George (Chief George), Gene (Weasel Eye), Ken (Casino) and Sheriff Bill.
"We knew Joe as a Man's MAN!" Sheriff Bill
|NOTE: The image of Joe at the
top-left of this page is just part of
the cover of his great Video "The
Straight Shooter" which is
available on Joe's Website. If you
don't have it - get it.
Sheriff Bill's Spurs: Originals with Silver Inlays
previously owned by Actor Slim Pickens (Worn
only at select shows and events.) CLICK IMAGE
Sheriff's Posse Ready To Ride
|AT LEFT: 1973, when it all
Me and my Pardner, Col. George
Baseke, both members of The
Texas Army, performed our 1st
Paid Show with a raw young group
of cowboy actors....it was to
quickly become a success we
could not have imagined!
|Just ONE YEAR LATER
- we are "Big Time" and
began to have so many
Bookings that we could
not recruit qualified
Western Actors fast
enough. Our Shows were
so successful that we had
to turn down many, many
Agencies and the Actors
Guild, and yet somehow
we still found time to
build a complete
"Western Town" in Old