Organizations* : CAA
Robert William Meyers was born in New York City died in Cody, Wyoming in 1970. He was a traditional western painter, illustrator, and member of the Cowboy Artists of America organization. Meyers was influenced toward the West by movies he saw as a boy in Bogota, New Jersey. His interest in the West and his artistic talent led him to study at the National Academy of Design with Ivan Olinsky, at the Grand Central Art School, and at the Traphagen School of Fashion. He became a successful commercial artist and illustrator, specializing in Western subjects for national magazines such as True, Argosy, and the Saturday Evening Post. Meyers received one-man shows at the Society of Illustrators in 1955 and 1956 but felt, “There must be more to life than just being a paint brush.” In 1960, he moved his family to the 300-acre Circle M Ranch on the South Fork of the Shoshone River near Yellowstone National Park, fifty miles from Cody, Wyoming. There, he became an active cattle rancher and operator of a dude ranch. He also taught art classes. Surrounded by the land and skies that he had always been interested in, Meyers “painted his beloved ranch, his family at work. He painted the life of the West.”When he threatened trespassing hunters and fisherman, an unknown sniper murdered Meyers while his wife and he were digging postholes for a fence. The county sheriff found no clues. According to an interview with one of his neighbors, the authorities acquitted one of the other neighbors under suspicion.