Western painter, Jeff Segler creates oil paintings of everyday working cowboys, Native Americans, horses and cattle, wildlife and landscapes.
For the past three decades, Jeff has been working to become a better painter. He has taken a few detours, but never stopped painting. His experience teaching young people about the history of the American West, as well as the family ranching activities has given him a unique opportunity to develop as a cowboy artist. Until recently, Jeff has been a member of the prestigious Western Artists of America. In 2012 he joined on as one of eight founders of the Artists of the American West. Jeff currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Born in 1956, Jeff grew up in Alabama watching Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, and Flipper. He always wanted to be a cowboy (or dolphin wrangler) as a kid. In 1977 he got the opportunity, sort of. Jeff took a job as a cowboy in a living history program on a large ranch in Northern New Mexico teaching thousands of young people about the history of the cattle industry in the 1880s American West. He taught about everyday working cowboys, cattle barons and all characters in between. He worked the job for seven years and learned a lot about the everyday life of an 1880’s cowboy. That was the real foundation for Jeff’s passion for cowboy art.
During the same period Jeff began painting professionally, particularly cowboy subjects. He signed on with galleries in Ft. Worth and Santa Fe and began doing shows around the Southwest. Over the years Jeff maintained his relationship with the Northern New Mexico ranch. To this day, he tags along on some of their cattle drives into the high country, brandings, roping and rodeos. It provides continual inspiration for his paintings.
Jeff’s art inspiration includes N.C. Wyeth, Frank Tenney Johnson, Sir Frank Brangwyn, Frederick Remington and Charlie Russell. A few of the Taos Painters: Victor Higgins, W. Herbert Dunton, and E. Irving Couse have also been an influence.
In 2015, Jeff was chosen as the Official Artist of the Boy Scouts of America. He is only the third following Norman Rockwell, who served for the first 60 years & Joseph Csatari who served for the next 40 years. In 2018 he was elected as an Artist Member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club of New York City.