*Steve Forbis

*Steve Forbis

Steve Forbis focuses on depicting Native Americans as they live and dress today.  Steve feels that too often America's native peoples have been forgotten, ignored, and taken for granted  and  he “…would like to look back and realize I was able to see and record something very special about a culture that is forever changing and evolving. “

His interest in the longhorn has given him the opportunity over the years to visit several historical ranches that were instrumental in bringing pure bred Longhorns from northern Mexico into south Texas and beyond which led to the founding of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association.

With a Master's degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas, his career in art began in 1969, with guidance from G. Harvey, Dalhart Windberg and many other fine artists.  Prismacolor pencils on paper are his primary medium as it affords the color and detail he requires. His work has been inspired by artists such as George Catlin, Carl Bodmer, and many of the Taos Founders. He is inspired by those who depicted what they observed first-hand and painted honestly about the subjects of their own time.

Among many individual collectors, his work is in a number of corporate and museum collections including the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, Texas; and others.  Several exhibitions include, the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas; Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.