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Robert Daughters (b. 1929)  Artworks >>

Impressionist oil painter of Southwestern landscapes and of Indians, born in Trenton, Missouri, in 1929 and living in Taos, New Mexico, since 1972. “It looked like the Cowboy Artist was a great organization and so I decided to join them. I went to see one of the heads at CA, and he explained the whole thing. You didn’t just walk in and say here I am. When it comes to the CA, you are asked to join. I somehow got the feeling I wasn’t on their ‘Things To Do Today’ list.

“I was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, and was entering drawing contests before I was ten. I can honestly say I was never interested in anything else. After high school, I went into the service. When I came out I worked as a curator at he St. Joseph Museum of Natural History while attending the Kansas City Art Institute.” After graduating in 1953, Daughters became a partner in an advertising art studio, winning more than 250 awards in twenty years.

It was about 1967 when he saw the CA show and said, “I can do this.” He adds that “on my return, I did six canvases that were very, very Western. The paintings were accepted by a very good gallery, and I thought I had it made. I look back now and I realize that I made a terrible mistake in the subject matter. It wasn’t just me. When I got into landscapes and Indian portraits, I felt better about myself. That must have come through, because the happier I became the more I sold. He regards van Gogh as a strong influence.

Resource: Contemporary Western Artists, by Peggy and Harold Samuels 1982, Judd’s Inc., Washington, D.C.

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