Randy Van Beek has been a full-time artist since 1980. He is self-taught, having learned his craft by studying the nineteenth-century American, Dutch, and Austrian masters.
As a student of history, he has chosen as his primary subject the American West, including landscapes and historical Native American encampment scenes. Van Beek enjoys researching tribal history, visiting camp sites, and creating paintings on location to capture the soul and spirit of a place.
Van Beek is honored to be a charter member of the C.M. Russell Skull Society of Artists, which was established in 2013 with the mission to continue the legacy of Charlie Russell’s art. He has also exhibited at Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
Van Beek has received awards from the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution, both in Washington, D.C.; the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula, Montana; the Clymer Museum and Gallery in Ellensburg, Washington; and the Blackfoot Valley Art Auction in Lincoln, Montana. His work has been featured in five national art magazines, most recently in Western Art and Architecture.