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      Craig Beman: Discovering the Artist Within

Artist Craig Beman has completed around 100 oil paintings and is currently working on his next canvas of 2014 tie-down roping champion, Jace Gilbert. His work will be on display at Clark Field Municipal Airport beginning Sept. 6.

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 6:45 am

By Autumn Owens Twitter @aowensETnews

Local artist Craig Beman has quite a story behind getting his start in the art world, and will have some of his work on display for the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council at Clark Field Municipal Airport Sept. 6-26.

Beman got his start in pencil sketching exactly 16 years ago the Tuesday after Labor Day and he now owns a gallery in downtown Stephenville at 270 W. College Street.

“My wife Peggy and I went into full-time ministry in 1999 to preach the gospel across the United States; we went to churches all over,” Beman said.

One day, sitting in their travel vehicle, Beman picked up his guitar and started playing. His wife interrupted, asking, “Can you do anything besides play the same two chords over and over?”

“So I picked up a mechanical pencil and some paper, with nothing else to do, and began to draw my guitar,” he said. “(Peggy) said, ‘Who taught you how to draw? That’s pretty remarkable.’ I would have quit doing this a long time ago had it not been for her encouragement.”

Beman primarily does western works, after growing up on a ranch in Nebraska, western art came naturally to him.  “In 2006 I thought I would start painting a little and we came to Stephenville in 2007 and bought the gallery,” Beman said. “It’s a total God thing, he gets all the credit. I’ve done a lot of different genres - I’ve done some Florida tropical scenes, landscapes, golf and football, but I think western is my best genre.”

Beman has done around 100 oil paintings and is currently working on a calf roping painting of Jace Gilbert, the 2014 tie-down roping champion.

“My paintings typically take anywhere between one to three months to paint,” he said. “I put a lot of hours into each painting; about 200 to 600 hours.”  Beman sells his original works and prints at Craig Beman Artwork Fine Art Gallery. For more information visit or call the gallery at 254-434-7991.

“I never planned on being an artist,” he said. “And I’m just amazed - not in an arrogant way - but just amazed at how they turn out.”

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  Craig Beman Western Art   Exhibit Reception is well   attended by local art   enthusiasts

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Brad Keith in News, Rodeo, Sports // 0 Comments


Monday evening’s Western Art Exhibit by Craig Beman was a great way to start the work week and to celebrate Western Heritage Week in Erath County. The reception featuring Beman’s work was held at Clark Regional Airport and was well attended by local art enthusiasts, who got to meet and talk with Beman from 5-7 p.m. photos by Russell Huffman


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Craig Beman had never doodled, drawn, or dabbled in paint before turning 46.  But that turned out to be a big year for new beginnings for the former entrepreneur.  A little over a month after he and his wife, Peggy, decided to begin a full-time ministry, he picked up a pencil and started sketching.  When his wife saw the sophisticated results of his novice efforts, she encouraged him to nurture what they both immediately recognized as his God-given talent.

      It wasn’t long before others took note of Beman’s extraordinary abilities and advised him to pursue a career as an artist. “I went from pencil to mixed media to oils. I had been using a sharp pencil point, so the first time I picked up a brush it felt like I was painting with a house brush.” Now, in order to achieve the same immaculate precision in his oil paintings, Beman uses the finest tipped brushes available. “I don’t under paint. I sketch my image and then I use a O or a 2 filbert brush and dive into the detail.”  

      Beman considers himself to be a photo realist and enjoys the challenge of creating “a high-def image on canvas.” While the human eye cannot simultaneously focus on every aspect of a landscape, in a photo realistic painting, everything from the fence post in the foreground to the mountains in the background is crystal clear. Creating such a work requires a trained eye and a whole lot of patience. Beman’s lifelike paintings feature majestic Texas longhorns, exhilarating rodeo scenes, and exquisitely detailed saddles that look like they could be picked up and tossed over the back of a horse.  

      “The Lord keeps bringing me back to my roots,” Beman chuckles. “I grew up on a ranch in the Sand Hills of Nebraska and South Dakota.  In high school, I was a calf roper and a cutter.” Then, in college, his life took an interesting detour. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a major in Economics and went on to a successful career in the food service industry.  Beman  next decided to follow a higher  calling and pursue the ministry.    

      “ I was compelled to spread the gospel,” he says.   In addition to opening an art gallery with his wife in Stephenville, Texas, Beman also runs  Healing Promises Ministries, which provides support for pastors and their families.  He donates the net proceeds from  the sale of his paintings to the nonprofit organization.


 —–Amy Pallas

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