Born in Tularosa, New Mexico, Asa Lynn Powell, known as “Ace,” was a traditional Western painter. He portrayed what he knew, the life and land of northwestern Montana.
The son of a cowboy and a teacher, Powell was raised in Apgar, Montana on the south end of Lake McDonald. His father was a stable boss, guide and packer in Glacier National Park, and he passed his knowledge and abilities on to his son. By age ten, Powell was a working wrangler.
He went to high school in Browning, and attended Montana State University. During this time, he continued working as a cowboy, breaking and wrangling horses east of Glacier Park.
As a boy, Powell had watched Charles Russell paint in Bull’s Head Lodge in Apgar. In 1938, after a few private art lessons, Powell became a self-taught artist, following in Russell’s footprints to sketch and paint what he knew best, the cowboy and the Indian with their horses in the region around Glacier Park. He also wrote and illustrated a 1965 book entitled The Ace of Diamonds, a work that contained his recollections and anecdotes.
Powell remained in Montana until his death.
Reference: Samuels’ Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, by Peggy and Harold Samuels