Born in Missouri in 1931, Joe Beeler was descended from Cherokee
heritage. It was this heritage that Beeler drew upon that
inspired much of his work. He studied at the University of
Tulsa and graduated from Kansas State University. During the
course of his art career, he became equally adept at painting and
Beeler was strongly influenced by historical events in his work,
and utilized a wide variety of art movements such as the
impressionists and academic realists. The viewer can easily
notice the resemblance of his figures with those done by his hero
Charles Russell. In 1965, Beeler co-founded the Cowboy Artists of
America along with Charlie Dye, George Phippen and Johnny Hampton.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Beeler won three gold
medals and seven silver medals for sculpture. In 2001, he
received the very prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Cowboy Artists of America and remains only one of two artists to
have received this award to date.