Tim Cox was born and raised in the farming and ranching community of Duncan, Arizona. In a 1975 high school English class essay, he wrote that one of his fondest wishes was to be a member of the Cowboy Artists of America. His wish was granted in 2007. Although now an emeritus member, he served on that Board of Directors and is a past president.
Cox was voted into U.S. Art Magazine’s Print Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2008, Decor magazine listed him as one of the 14 “Most Enduring and Successful Poster Artists.” In 2011, he was voted readers’ choice for best living Western painter by True West magazine. He also created the cover of the 75th anniversary edition of Western Horseman.
His awards include the 2003 Prix de West Purchase Award, and the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award in 2004 and 2007, from the Prix de West. In 2001, he received the Will Rogers Western Artist Award from the Academy of Western Artists for artist of the year. He won the Olaf Wieghorst Best of Show Award from the Mountain Oyster Club three times.