Randy Van Beek has been a full-time artist since 1980. He taught himself by studying the nineteenth-century American, Dutch, and Austrian masters.
The subject matter he has focused most of his creativity on since the late 1990s has been the American West, including landscapes and historical Native American encampment scenes. Van Beek is passionate about accuracy, researching tribal history, visiting known campsites, and creating study paintings on location to capture the soul and spirit of a place.
Van Beek is honored to be a charter member of the Russell Skull Society of Artists. The inaugural group of twenty-two artists were selected in 2013 by the C.M. Russell Museum to carry the legacy of Charlie Russell’s art forward for future generations.
Van Beek has received awards from the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, John Ford Clymer Museum and Gallery, and the Blackfoot Valley Art Auction. His work has been featured in five national art magazines, the most recent in Western Art and Architecture.