Well known for his paintings of early American pioneer life, Morgan Weistling began his art career as a movie-poster illustrator. After fourteen years, he left illustration to pursue fine art. For almost two decades he has made a reputation as a storyteller with his canvases. His goal is to create images that feel as though he was an eye-witness to these people’s lives, chronicling them in paint. From large, multiple-figure compositions to small portraits, the characters in Weistling’ paintings come alive through his skilled use of light, mood, and detail.
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. In 2001 he was the youngest person to win the Prix de West Purchase Award for The Dance, and he also won the Prix de West’s Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers’ Choice Award.
His paintings have graced the covers of American Artist, Art of the West, Persimmon Hill, Southwest Art, U.S. Art, and Western Art Collector.
Weistling and his wife, JoAnn Peralta, reside in California with their daughters, Brittany and Sienna. JoAnn and Brittany are also Masters artists.
Morgan Weistling is represented by Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Giclée reproductions of his work are available through Greenwich Workshop dealers. He has a major retrospective book forthcoming, published by Greenwich Workshop.
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