Russ Vickers (1923-1997) Biography
Russ Vickers is known for his traditional, realistic paintings of Old West scenes.
Vickers was born in Paris, Texas, the son of a horse trader. He served in the Marines during World War II and worked as a combat artist during the Korean War. After his military service, Vickers worked as a technical illustrator for the aerospace industry in Los Angeles for twenty years.
Vickers was mostly self-taught but did take the Famous Artists School correspondence course in 1970. After that time he began showing his paintings in Sedona, Arizona, and devoted himself to easel painting after moving to Tempe, Arizona in 1973. Several of his paintings were used in the opening and closing credits of the 1970 John Wayne movie, Chisum.