A sixth generation Coloradan, Duke Beardsley has been drawing and painting the American west for as long as he can remember. Raised both in Denver and on a 1000-acre cattle ranch in eastern Colorado, Duke’s “duel” upbringing is the foundation for his unique blend of traditional western iconography and contemporary art sensibilities.
An unapologetic fan of all “things cowboy” Duke spends much time on horseback, joining his many friends and family on some of the West’s greatest ranches. Duke rides with crews to participate, observe and document today’s working cowboys and cowgirls in their element. Formally trained at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Duke now lives and works with his wife and two daughters in Denver.
Duke’s work has seen its way into some notable private and corporate collections such as the Denver Art Museum, Booth Museum, Ritz Carlton, Forbes, UMB Banks, and the Whitney Collection.