Tom Beecham was born on a cattle ranch and farm near Goodland, Kansas in 1926. His family moved to Colorado when he was twelve years old. He went to Grand Junction High School, graduated in 1944, and joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific. In 1947, he was accepted at The St. Louis School of Fine Arts and chose to be an illustrator. After arriving in New York in 1951, he got his first job from a science fiction magazine. He worked for many of the publishers of the area and a large number of the advertising agencies. In 1973, he began painting western and wildlife painting full time. He was a member of the Society of American Historical Artists.
Source: The Meadlowlark Gallery
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Artist: Tom BeechamDescription: Oil (1984) | Image Size: 8”h x 12”w; Frame Size: 14 ¾”h x 18 ¾”w
Miles to Go
Artist: Tom BeechamDescription: Oil (1985) | Image Size: 8”h x 12”w; Frame Size: 14 ¾”h x 18 ¾”w
Tom Beecham was a prolific and highly successful book and magazine illustrator for Reader's Digest, Field & Stream, and National Geographic just to name a few as well as a fine western artist. He grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he worked for a time on a ranch. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he entered the St. Louis School of Fine Arts which prepared him for his thirty year career.
In this small, but well-executed painting Beecham effectively conveys to the viewer the long distances the wagons have covered and the long way they have yet to go. While one wagon with a man and boy walking alongside the grass covered landscape occupies the majority of the canvas another wagon is shown trailing in the distance, all under a cloudy sky.