Well known for his paintings of early American pioneer life, Morgan Weistling 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, his paintings capture the mood and atmosphere of the West. His attention to the historical aspects of his subjects comes from his desire to portray the truth and beauty of America’s pioneering spirit.
Weistling’s works won the Prix de West Purchase Award in both 2001 and 2008 and the 2001 Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyers’ Choice Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He has received numerous awards at the Masters of the American West show at the Autry Museum of the American West, including the 2014 Purchase Award. In addition, he won that show’s Patrons’ Choice Award in 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013, as well as the Artists’ Choice Award in 2007, 2008, and 2013 and the 2002 Trustees’ Purchase Award.
Weistling lives with his wife and fellow artist, JoAnn Peralta, and their daughters, Brittany and Sienna.