Texas-born author and artist known for such southwestern-themed novels as The Wonderful Country and The Brave Bulls. His well-known murals include Southwest (displayed in El Paso, Texas) and Native- American Ceremony (displayed in Chicago, Illinois).
After graduating from El Paso High School in Texas, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.
He received honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University and Baylor University and was awarded the 1992 Western Writers of America Assocation's Owen Wister Award.
He married his first wife, Nancy June Taylor, in 1927. Following Taylor's 1936 death, he married second wife Sarah Catherine Beane.
His 1954 painting, Rio Grande, was displayed in The White House's Oval Office during the administration of President George W. Bush.