After a forty two year career of painting wildlife art, Greg Beecham is no less passionate to learn and grow as an artist than he was that first full-time day in 1978. He struggled for many years to define his vision and improve his technical skills. Forced to slow down and ponder life and work as he lay in a hospital bed for three days in 2013, he asked himself a simple question, “Who am I?” In other words, “What am I trying to say as an artist and how do I go about saying it?”
His conclusion to himself was that he must take the tools of his trade; color, value, texture, edges, drawing and composition and, in his work, strive toward unity in the context of simplicity and beauty.
Beecham considers this a journey. There have been a few paintings that have come close to matching the vision. And he is thankful to be a blessing to people with his work. But he still presses on hoping to one day match vision and reality. Beecham’s work is included in permanent collections of The Gilcrease Museum, The National Museum of Wildlife Art, The James Museum, The Briscoe Museum, and The Montana Historical Museum. He is a six time winner of the Prix de West wildlife art award at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and has received the artist’s choice and collector’s choice awards at the Night of Artists Show at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio.