Robert Wesley Amick is by husband's great uncle. Katherine Bigelow is his daughter. This is the information that she sent to me. Source: "Robert Wesley Amick, Chronology: 1879-1969-Artist of Two Worlds", Bruce Philip Fogwell. 1879-Robert Wesley Amick was born in a log cabin on Currant Creek, near Canon City, Colorado. Parents were ranchers. He attended local schools, sketched as a boy and was a keen observer of the "Old West" of his youth. 1903-Graduated from Yale University Law School at New Haven, Connecticut. Also took some art courses at Yale while studying law. 1903-1905-Practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio. Admitted to the bar in 1904. However, the urge to pain was too strong; he gave up law to study art. 1905-1909-Attended ARt Students League, New York City. A student of George Bridgeman. Graduated 1909. 1909-1930-Operated his own art studio at 63 Washington Square, New York City. Lived here also until 1926 when he took up residence in Old Greenwich, Connecticut and commuted by train to New York to his studio and clients. Began immediately in 1909 illustrating for several magazines such as Harper's, Scribner's, The American, Redbook, Harper's Bazaar and Metropolitan. In 1909 began paining seriously in oils, mostly scenes of his well-remembered American West. 1913-Elected to membership in New York's Society of Illustrators. 1915-1930-Maintained a Summer Studio at Woodstock, New York doing oil paintings of both the American East and West. His studios were meeting places for artists. 1916-Married Alice Rowe of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Made their home at 63 Washington Square, New York City. Later had a daughter Katherine. 1921-1929-U.S. Printing and Lithograph Company reproduced twelve of Amick's western paintings as art prints distributed to schools all over the U.S. and to retailers. These included "Enchanted Pool", "The Pioneers", "Phantom Canyon", "The Indian Weaver", "Pueblo Indian", "The Great Divide", and "Where The Sun Goes". His western paintings particularly were now highly respected among critics and the art-buying public. 1927-Founded Art Society of Old Greenwich. President 17 years. 1928-Painted mural for Canon City Municipal Museum. Restored by Amick himself in 1954. The mural is still there and in good condition. 1930-Moved studio to his residence at Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Continued abundant production of oil paintings of the "Old West" which he never tired of creating as long as he lived. Also rendered many admired landscapes of New England. 1938-Two-man exhibit at Douthitt Gallery, New York City. 1942-First exhibited "Man O' War" which became nationally famous and exemplified his magnificent mastery of equine subjects. 1944-1962-Art instructor for Adult Education Department of Greenwich Public Schools 1945-One man exhibit at Allen Galleries, Houston, Texas. 1945-1965-Painted over 100 portraits of well-known regional personalities. 1967-Mr. Roy C. Coffee, Texas art collector, buys first Amick from a Taos, New Mexico gallery. Flies to Old Greenwich to meet Mr. Amick and pruchases several more paintings to begin his Amick collection which is the largest extant aggregation of Amick's work known today. 1969-Amick died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut in his 90th year. Buried in Canon City, Colorado. 1970-Traveling exhibition of Amick paintings opens at Municipal Museum in Canon City and circulates through Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Sponsored by Mr. Coffee. 1993-First Annual "Robert Wesley Amick Founder's Show" sponsored by the Art Society of Old Greenwich held at Greenwich YWCA's Gertrude White Gallery.
He is buried at Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery, Canon City, Colorado, next to his parents.