A two-time winner of the prestigious Prix de West Award, Weistling is known for his paintings of early American pioneer life. He began his art career as a movie-poster illustrator. After 14 years, he left illustration to pursue fine art.
Interested in the effects of light, Weistling’s paintings capture the mood and atmosphere of the past. His attention to the historical aspects of his subjects comes from his desire to portray the truth and beauty of America’s pioneering spirit. His paintings have graced the covers of American Artist, Art of the West, Persimmon Hill, Southwest Art, U.S. Art, and Western Art Collector. His newly released book, A Brush with History: The Paintings of Morgan Weistling, spans his 20 years of award-winning paintings.
Weistling has won multiple awards at the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West. At the 2014 Masters, he won the Masters of the American West Purchase Award for Family Traditions. In 2013 his painting The Country Doctor garnered both the Ross and Billie McKnight Artists’ Choice Award, in Honor of John J. Geraghty, and the Marjorie and Frank Sands Patrons’ Choice Award. In 2011 and 2010 he won the David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice Award for Where Stories Were Told and Country Schoolhouse, 1879, respectively. In 2008 he received both the David P. Usher Patrons’ Choice and the Booth Museum of Western Art Artists’ Choice Awards for The First Dance. He also received the Patrons’ Choice Award and the Artists’ Choice Award in 2007 for The Quilting Bee, 19th-Century Americana; the Trustees’ Purchase Award in 2002 for The Family Trade; and the Patrons’ Choice Award in 2000.
In 2011 Weistling won the Collector’s Choice Award at the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction in Reno, Nevada. In 2008, he won the Prix de West Purchase Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale for Indian Stories. In 2001 he won the Prix de West Purchase Award for The Dance, and he also won the Prix de West’s Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers’ Choice Award. The Dance and Indian Stories are now part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Weistling and his wife, JoAnn Peralta, reside in California with their daughters, Brittany and Sienna.
Morgan Weistling is represented by Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, where he just had another sold-out solo show this past summer.
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