Joe Beeler; Life of a Cowboy Artist by Don Hedgpeth

Joe Beeler
Joe Beeler
Unlike those who received their calling late in life, Joe Beeler always knew he was an artist. “I could always draw.” He commented. “It just came naturally to me.” Beeler was strongly influenced toward Western art because of his own heritage. His father was part Cherokee, so Joe was raised with deep respect for the Indian customs.




Beeler was born part Cherokee in 1931 in Joplin, Missouri. At an early age, Beeler started drawing and becoming very artistic. He continued his skills throughout college at Kansas State Teachers College and later attended the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles, California. After his time in school, Beeler worked as an illustrator for the University of Oklahoma Press. Beeler’s life as an artist was difficult for him but he eventually become recognized for all of his hard work. Beeler’s career really took off after his one-man performance at the Gilcrease Museum. In 1962, he and his family moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he died. In 1965, Beeler along with many other cowboy artists started the Cowboy Artists of America.

196 Pages
Written by
Don Hedgpeth