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Born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, he became a recognized western sculptor and animal painter and from 1972 to 1975, was an elected member of the Cowboy Artists of America. He was raised on his grandfather's ranch near McAlester, Oklahoma and learned early the life of a cowboy, which he drew and sketched from the time he was young. His heritage is part Osage and Cherokee as well as Caucasian. In college he studied veterinary science and animal husbandry and took a few art courses but was discouraged by the emphasis on abstraction. He determined to become an artist showing the life of a cowboy and spent four years in private study in Taos, New Mexico. In 1971, he was given a one-man show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. He later opened his own foundry in Pawhuska where he lived most of his life. Reference:

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