The son of artist Tom Beecham, Greg Beecham hunted, fished, and hiked with his dad, which instilled in him a love for the outdoors and a desire to portray the wilderness accurately and artistically. Simultaneously, his dad was teaching him to draw, and by sixth grade Beecham could draw photographically, a skill he has spent his life refining.
A full-time artist since 1978, Beecham claims every time he is in the wilderness the animals tell him something new. Thus, painting is not only fun, but also allows him to present unique paintings. He shows at the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, where he was awarded both Artists’ and People’s Choice awards. His painting The Old Homestead at Merry’s Point was added to that museum’s permanent collection.
Beecham is a four-time winner of the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award at the Prix de West and also has received the Buyers’ Choice Award. The Masters of the American West Show has included his work the last five years, and his work won the Legacy Purchase Award at the 2011 Western Rendezvous of Art. Beecham was honored as the painter for the 2014 Gilcrease Museum’s Rendezvous Retrospective. And, along with sculptor Ross Matteson, he was inducted into the Gilcrease Rendezvous Hall of Fame.