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Cowboy Artists of America
 

Brown, Harley

A native of Alberta, Canada, Harley Brown became fascinated with art at a young age, and eventually attended the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, followed by the Camberwell School of Art in London, England. Encouraged by fellow artist Robert Lougheed, Brown submitted work for the National Academy of Western Art show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1977, and is one of a small group of artists who have won awards their first time in the competition. Brown is also one of the Tucson 7 and an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
March 30, 2004 — 2 hours 30 minutes — video

Browning, Tom

Tom Browning started out with western and wildlife as a choice of subject matter for his paintings when he began painting professionally in 1972. Although he was born in Oregon, he has since made Arizona his home. His love of the west has been his biggest inspiration that has kept the western theme alive on his easel. He feels his most meaningful work comes from painting primarily in oils. In 2009, Browning won the Prix de West Purchase Award for his oil painting The Dawn Of A New Day. He also joined the CAA later that same year.
June 9, 2012 — 15 minutes — video
YouTube: 30-second video clip: Browning explains how moving to Arizona has affected his paintings.

Coleman, John

Although he grew up amidst the surfing culture of California, John Coleman possessed a fascination for western movies and lifestyle. This spurred his interests in art and history, leading to self-taught illustration before turning to a career in fine art. Coleman is most known for his Southwest Indian figure work. Coleman appreciates art that tells a story that is deeper than what can be seen on the surface. Coleman has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 2001.
June 25, 2012 — 20 minutes — video
YouTube: 1:40-minute video clip: Coleman describes the importance of the "insecurity factor" in showing new pieces.

Cox, Tim

Tim Cox has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 2007. Raised in the farming and ranching lifestyle in Arizona, Cox has been painting professionally since 1975. Early in his career, he supplemented his earnings from his paintings by working on a ranch. Several of his mentors include Grant Speed, John Clymer, Jim Reynolds, and Gordon Snidow, all members of the CAA. He also studied with William Whittaker at Brigham Young University for six months. Cox's own experiences with the cowboy way of life is reflected in how he combines color and design in his scenes. In 2003, Tim Cox won the Prix de West Purchase Award for his oil painting On to Better Pastures.
June 9, 2012 — 20 minutes — video
YouTube: 1:40-minute video clip: Cox discusses the importance of including fine details in his works.

Crowley, Don

While Don Crowley always had an interest in art, the idea to make a career as an artist did not occur to him until later in life, after serving in the U.S. Merchant Marines and then the Navy, when a friend recommended he take courses at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. After spending 20 years in New York City as a commercial artist, Crowley took the advice of James Bama and Sam Winsom to move west, and relocated to Tucson, Arizona. Crowley’s lifelong interest in western culture is evident in his paintings, especially in his detailed oil paintings of Native Americans, a focus of Crowley's. Crowley is also a part of the Tucson 7 and an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
November 11, 2004 — 1 hour 49 minutes — video

Greene, Bruce

Having been raised in the western life in Texas, Greene uses the cowboy theme throughout his paintings and sculptures. Having settled down on a 1870s farmstead on the Old Chisholm Trail, he paints the Hereford cattle, work horses, and ranch life into his work. He has worked on the old JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon, staying with the chuck wagon, working with the calves, and building kinship with other cowboys. He has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1993.
June 9, 2012 — 20 minutes — video
YouTube: 1:40-minute video clip: Greene tells the story behind Storm on the Plains, one of his sculptures for the 2012 CAA Exhibition.

Grelle, Martin

Grelle was born and raised in Texas, and continues to work on a small ranch in his home state. He started painting at a very young age and was lucky to meet and learn from James Boren and Melvin Warren, two CA artists moved to his hometown. Grelle won the Prix de West Purchase Award twice, first in 2002 for his oil painting Teller of Tales and again in 2005 for another oil painting, Two Coups. He has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1995.
June 9, 2012 — 20 minutes — video
YouTube: 1:30-minute video clip: Grelle discusses what being in CAA means to him and how it has affected his art.

Lawson, Mehl

As a young boy, Mehl Lawson began drawing and sculpting horses from pictures he saw in magazines and books. His interest in horses steadily grew, and as a young man, Lawson became a horse trainer and breeder. Inspired by Tom Ryan’s painting, Sharing an Apple, Lawson decided that his true passion was art and decided to pursue a career as an artist. Lawson is also a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
June 12, 2009 — 58 minutes — video

Nebeker, Bill

Nebeker has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1978, from which he has won many awards for his sculptures. He has spent much of his life in Arizona where he worked with and watched his working cowboy father on the ranch. He began to imagine how to bring the ranching world to life in bronze sculptures. Early in his art career Nebeker became a protégé of the George Phippen family, starting off working in the foundry.
June 9, 2012 — 25 minutes — video
YouTube: 1-minute video clip: Nebeker explains where his inspiration comes from for his cowboy sculptures.

Owen, Bill

Bill Owen’s father was a cowboy, his mother was an artist, and it was those early influences that shaped his professional career as an artist. Owen, a self-taught artist, continues to develop his craft by working hard and observing other artists. Although he is blind in his right eye, the result of surviving a rodeo accident in 1989, he has overcome the limitations caused by the loss of depth perception. Owen gets his inspiration from his Arizona surroundings for his paintings and sculptures. He also is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
June 9, 2001 — 1 hour 5 minutes — audio

Rich, Jason

Rich grew up riding, training and drawing horses on a small farm in southern Idaho where he also noticed how light compliments the movements of horses on the farm. He began capturing this at a young age, always drawing with a pencil. In college, he studied under Glenn Edwards at Utah State University and was encouraged in traditional and representational art. He has won several awards from prestigious exhibitions, given workshops and demonstrations, and joined the Cowboy Artists of America in 2011.
June 8, 2012 - 20 minutes - video
YouTube: 2-minute video clip: Rich describes his Park Valley Cowboy oil painting for the 2012 CAA Exhibition and the inspiration behind the painting.

Riddick, R. S.

Ronald Stephen Riddick began drawing at a young age and was encouraged by his family and teachers to pursue a career as an artist after they observed his natural talent. He studied art extensively at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, and went on study the traditional Russian school of art, painting with Sergei Bongart. After visiting the southwest, Riddick quickly fell in love with the landscape, people, and cultures and promptly moved there. Riddick is also an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
June 4, 2002 — 90 minutes — video
June 8, 2012 - 25 minutes - video
YouTube: 2-minute video clip: Riddick explains the story behind Rainy Day Reminiscin', one of his paintings in the 2012 CAA Exhibition.
YouTube: 1-minute video clip: Riddick discusses what drew him to western art and explains how western art is truly "American art."

Riley, Kenneth Pauling

Raised in Kansas, Kenneth Pauling Riley received his formal artistic education from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, and would go on to study in New York City at the Art Students League and the Grand Central School of Art. He began his career doing illustrations for various pulp magazines before enlisting in World War II. Returning from the war, Riley travelled to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for painting trips. He became immediately captivated by the Western landscape, eventually moving to the West. In 1995, Riley won the Prix de West Purchase Award for his oil painting Sundog. Riley is also part of the Tucson 7 and a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
March 8, 2003 — 1 hour 30 minutes — video

Ryan, Tom

(1922-2011)

Tom Ryan was born in Springfield, Illinois and spent most of his young adulthood in the eastern United States. Recognizing Ryan’s talent, artist Normal Rockwell introduced Ryan’s work to calendar publishers Brown and Bigelow, as well as introducing Ryan to the general manager of the S. B. Burnett Estate’s 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas. Ryan moved his family to Texas and the cowboys of the 6666 Ranch became the inspiration for many of his works. One of Ryan’s most famous paintings, Sharing an Apple, is owned by the Museum. Ryan’s 350-foot-long bas-relief mural, The Remuda spans the Museum’s exterior west wall. He was also a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
December 14, 2001 — 1 hour 38 minutes — video
Finding Aid for the Tom Ryan Papers
Online Exhibit: Tom Ryan & The 6666 Ranch of King County, Texas

Terpning, Howard

After serving in the United States Marines from ages seventeen to nineteen, Howard Terpning attended the Chicago Art Institute and the American Academy of Art. He worked as a commercial illustrator for twenty-five years. Terping worked under Haddon Sundblom, best known as the illustrator of Coca-Cola’s Santa advertising campaigns, for five years. He then went on to illustrate covers of national magazines including Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, and Good Housekeeping. He also illustrated movie posters for films such as The Guns of Navarone and Dr. Zhivago. In 1977 he decided to pursue an independent art career focused on historical paintings. In 1981, Terpning won the Prix de West Award from the National Academy of Western Art for his oil painting Moving Day on the Flathead, and in 1996 he won the Prix de West Purchase Award for The Trophy. Terpning was also a part of the Tucson 7 and a member of the Cowboy Artists of the America.
November 12, 2004 — 1 hour 52 minutes — video
YouTube: 10-minute video clip

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