Charles Marion Russell's more than 3,000 paintings, drawings and sculptures captured the essence of the American West. Born in St. Louis, he grew
up at Oak Hill, his family's country estate near present-day Tower Grove Park. Russell, who moved to Montana at age 15 to be a cowboy, was a professional artist by 1893. Within a decade he was
nationally recognized for the accuracy with which he rendered his subjects. Russell was also an able storyteller, whom Will Rogers called the best he ever heard. One of the premier artists of the
American West, Charles M. Russell lovingly preserved the rugged splendor of the frontier.