Fritz White


Fritz White has long been known and recognized for his imaginative approach to sculpture. Inspired by the spirit of “persevering America,” White strives to capture that spirit in his bronzes. Born in Ohio, White came to the West while working in the publishing industry and after having been a commercial artist in the Midwest. He […]

Nick Eggenhofer


Nick Eggenhofer was born in southern Bavaria, Germany, in 1897, but after attending Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, he fell in love with the American West. After his family migrated to New Jersey in 1913, the young Eggenhofer’s fascination with the region continued to grow and he yearned to travel to the wide open […]

Bill Owen


Bill Owen was born in 1942 in Gila Bend, Arizona to a mother who was an artist and a father who had been a cowboy throughout the early 1900s. These influences shaped his desire to be an artist and cultivated his interest in the cowboy lifestyle. Having inherited the God-given talent, it was only natural […]

Byron Wolfe


Byron Wolfe was not the type of artist who painted the American West because the work sold well in galleries. He would have been a Western artist even if the collectors could be counted on one hand and only sailboats were selling. Wolfe painted the Old West because he loved the drama and color of […]

John Hampton


Well into his eighties, John Hampton, one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America, was still painting, drawing, and sculpting the many stories of the American West. Hampton was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1918, but made his way west at an early age. As a boy, he had shown an early […]

George Phippen


George Phippen was co-founder of the Cowboy Artists of America and the organization’s first president. His formal education consisted of a little less than eight years in a one-room country schoolhouse. “I’ve had no schooling in art except what I got from friends, artists,” he said, “and I’ve been mighty lucky to have more friends […]

Pat Haptonstall


Pat Haptonstall was born in Cedaredge, Colorado, in 1943. His natural talent and artistic eye manifested themselves at an early age. By the time he was six years old, he was already spending much of his time drawing. As a young boy, he suffered from asthma, so his parents moved the family to Prescott, Arizona, […]

Frank Polk


Frank Polk was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1908, but moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1911. His first job, at age sixteen, was in the rodeo, working with his trained burro. He later landed his first cowboy job with the Yolo Ranch at Camp Wood. His 1978 autobiography, F-F-F-Frank Polk: An Uncommonly Frank Autobiography, tells […]

Fred Harman


Fred Harman was the most widely known living western artist when the Cowboy Artists of America was organized in June 1965. While Harman was unable to join Charlie Dye, John Hampton, Joe Beeler and George Phippen in the meeting where the CAA was officially founded, he held the special designation of “charter member.” Harman was […]

Tom Ryan


“When Tom Ryan paints a cowboy, you know it is the real thing,” says one fellow artist. “You can tell just by looking at the figure that that man has been around. His horses are real cow horses. His men are real ranch hands. They always have just the right feel; there is never anything […]