Clyde D. Lewis is an artist from San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of and has worked to help sponsor the Black Cowboy Association and the Men of Color Association of Texas.
Clyde was raised by his grandparents as a child. His grandfather was a farmer and rancher and his great uncle was a cowboy on the Walker Ranch, so naturally Clyde's interest in cowboys budded at a very young age. Throughout his teen years Clyde participated in team roping steer wrestling and bull riding. After high school he went into a career in the medical field but stayed close to his cowboy roots by working on a 3,000-acre ranch and volunteering his time every year to the San Antonio and Houston stock shows and rodeo.
Clyde was first taught to draw by his cousin who is and artist and a retired police officer of the San Antonio Police Department. After taking an interest in drawing, he went on to take classes to enhance his art skills which began his career as a black western artist. He began depicting scenes of cowboys, buffalos and Native Americans. Clyde's grandfather is a black Choctaw Indian, so as a way to preserve the Native American history in his family he moved on to Native American pencil drawings. His passion is to exhibit the work of the black cowboys. He is currently working a few drawings to do just that.
Clyde has showcased his work locally and his prints have been sold to buyers all over the United States and in two foreign countries.
Clyde is the co-founding member of the Western Artist Roundup Association with the well-known artist, Jack Moss of Llano, Texas. Clyde's Artist Admission Statement is "As other western artist groups, we want to preserve the customs of both old and today the people that lived in dugouts, teepees, fought droughts, heat, freezing weather and survived this wonderful place we call the American West. We are here to tell the story in art of the hard times and good times, staying true to all details that are correct and true to the time of the story being told."
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