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Charlie Dye

Charlie Dye

About the artist

"I cannot recall a time when I was not at home on horseback, or that I didn't portray the life I led with pen and pencil. I have always tried to paint what I can remember of a life before I became dishonest and studied art."

Biography

Charlie Dye was born in a little cow town in Arizona. He rode for ranches in Colorado, Arizona and California until the age of twenty-one. During convalescence from a riding accident, he was inspired to become a commercial artist by seeing reproductions of C.M. Russell\'s works. He began his art career at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy.  In 1936 he moved to New York City to become a magazine illustrator. During this time he painted covers and illustrations for many major American publications of the day. 

His first Western easel paintings were highly successful and in 1960 he moved to Sedona, Arizona. In 1964 Dye, Joe Beeler, and John Hampton while on a roundup conceived the idea of the Cowboy Artists of America, an association of professional artists who paint cowboys and are capable of working as cowboys. Dye served as the second president of this prestigious and highly renowned organization.  "I cannot recall a time when I was not at home on horseback, or that I didn\'t portray the life I led with pen and pencil. I have always tried to paint what I can remember of a life before I became dishonest and studied art."

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