Craig Tennant

b. 1946

Craig Tennant


New Jersey


Western figure, hidden image

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Craig Tennant studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. His career began in 1967 as a high-powered New York advertising illustrator for Grey Advertising Inc. and then for BBDO Worldwide Inc. Then he freelanced for Fortune 500 companies and led the high life until all hit bottom in 1988.

He moved to San Diego and started painting western scenes, and in 1992, he and his wife Cheryl, his business manager, moved to Denver. He became increasingly committed to authenticity in his western scenes but painted in a looser style. His studio is filled with Indian artifacts.

In 2002, he received the designation of Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.