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Jill Smith is a Florida native, and one of the three new people added this year to the Sultans Of Sand stable of associated worldwide master sand sculptors. But, by no means is she a newbie in the sand sculpting sport or industry. One half of the dynamic duo that makes up Sandsational Sand Sculpting with her partner/husband Thomas Koet of Holland, the pair travel the world doing sand sculpting jobs of their own and working with other sand friends as well. It was a joy to have them this year, and both sculptures they created are great examples of the illustration work the producers like to see rendered in this show.
The Western Town Gunfight
By Thomas Koet and Jill Smith
Photo by Jorge Wiegand
Towns sprung up and thrived, and some became deserted and known as "Ghost Towns" due to the turbulent nature of the times. Some of the notable communities like Carson City, Deadwood and Tombstone are rich with cultural significance and anecdotes from history that are widely known and popular to this day.
Law and Order came slowly to the west, where often the rule of law was determined by the grit of the frontier lawman, most commonly known as "Sheriff" or Marshal. These usually robust men were charged with keeping order where chaos was likely to erupt. And not all of the early "peace-keepers" were entirely ethical or just.