Representational painter of contemporary Wyoming cowboys, cattle and horses in oil and pencil, born in Newton, Kansas, in 1949 and living in Cody, Wyoming, since 1980. “The reason I became an artist,” he observes, “is an inner driving force. When I was a boy, I spend long house drawing picture instead of plowing fields I painted pictures in my mind. While riding as a cowboy, I was thinking about art. While driving down the highway, I’m thinking about art.
“I went to Frederic Remington High School, built out in the country near Brainard, Kansas. It made an impression that a famous artist owned a ranch near where I grew up. In the courtyard was a reproduction of a Remington bronze, and in the classrooms there were reproductions of Remington paintings. I went to Hesston College in Kansas for one semester. Abstract art was in vogue. I have always been a realist so I was discouraged and left school. In 1975, I moved to Missouri to help Dad farm and realized I didn’t want to be a farmer.
“In 1976, I went to Longview Community College in Missouri, majoring in commercial art, but I was turned down by commercial studios so I moved to Miles City, Montana, and pursued being a cowboy. Ranch hands work long hours, but I still made pictures and began to sell a little. In 1980, I moved to Cody and began working an eight hour job, carpentering, so I could spend more time making pictures. My first professional showing was in February 1981, and in May I received an award at the Phippen Memorial Show. I quit my job in December and now do artwork full time. The neat part is I’m making a living at something I love to do.
Resource: Contemporary Western Artists, by Peggy and Harold Samuels 1982, Judd’s Inc., Washington, D.C.