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George Marks was a traditional painter and sculptor of the west. He was born in Conrad, Iowa in 1923 and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1965. He passed away in 1983. According to Marks, " a Western artist such as myself can contribute a pictorial record of life in our Western United States," but not enough has been said about the importance of "collectors, art patrons who follow our progress, attend our exhibits, and purchase our work, for they provide the means by which we can continue to produce the paintings and sculpture about the life and heritage we all love. "There was no specific event that led me to an art career because I had liked to draw animals ever since I was kid. My pioneering grandfather brought his cattle from Montana and branded them so we got a little of the "Wild West" in the Midwest in those early days. My grandfather's influence, my mother's encouragement and getting acquainted with the art of Charles Russell had more to do with me getting into Western art than anything." In 1966, Marks applied for membership in the new Cowboy Artists of America and was accepted, exhibited in the first show, and eventually won two silver medals. He has been written up in three books, Ainsworth's The Cowboy in Art, Broder's Bronzes of the American West and Hassrick's Western Painting Today.