Paint 'n Spurs

Paint 'n Spurs

The Men Who Founded the Cowboy Artists of America

Barbara Marriott


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Discover the True Stories of the Men Behind the Art

George Phippen

The family man who fought his shyness and blazed the pathway for Southwest cowboy art with his original and authentic works.

Charlie Dye

A tough nut that grew up in the cowboy world, earned national recognition as an illustrator and gave it up to pay tribute to the cowboy way of western life with his brilliant action driven art.

Joe Beeler

Everyone’s friend; his cheerful personality and mischievousness covered an exceptional young talent that hit the national scene with canvas and bronze that showed the old west of cowboys and Indians in a new exiting way.

John Hampton

The charmer from Brooklyn New York turned out to be more cowboy that most western cowpokes. Using his incredible talent and charm he got the attention of lovers of the Old West and won plenty of new fans and friends.

Fred Harman

A man of many talents with a phenomenal memory. A patriot who served his country as a spy, but mostly known for his alter-ego the comic character Red Ryder and Little Beaver…you betchum.


Barbara Marriott:

Barbara Marriott’s insatiable curiosity has sent her tumbling into some rather interesting adventures. Among these is flying with the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, writing a series of travel books for American sailors, and being elected to Who’s Who in American Women.

When she moved to a west she knew nothing about, she set about researching her new home. She became so intrigued that she wound up capturing its history and its essence in several non-fiction books. It was a fertile field for her and she couldn’t get enough of it. Six books later she is still researching the old stories of the Wild West and turning its tales, facts, and sometimes mystery, into books.

From University Professor, to Management Consultant and Trainer, to Creative Advertising Director, her professional fields have allowed her to observe life. However, it is her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology that gives her the tools to get to the core of her subject—to satisfy her unquenchable need to know, and the reader’s need to know more.