Robert Winter Hughes McCoy, born in Colorado, 1946
My Mother's family arrived in Colorado in the 1870's, taking a cutoff from the Oregon Trail, and started the OX-Bow cattle ranch between Pueblo and Walsenburg. My father's family were Scottish farmer's who came to North Carolina in the mid 1700's due to the Highland Clearances, and eventually migrated to Colorado in the1880's.
I spent my formative years in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1950’s. That experience gave me an appreciation for both Native American and Hispanic cultures, and exposure to their works of art. Later we moved to San Antonio, Texas where I began studying painting with Warren Hunter, a noted artist and illustrator.
After serving in the Air Force during Viet Nam, I continued studying painting at the University of Houston, receiving a BFA degree in 1974. Upon completion, I was accepted for graduate work at Southern Methodist University, the University of Arizona, and the University of New Mexico. I was also given an opportunity to live and teach in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a year, which I chose. That experience gave me exposure to the original paintings and murals by famous Mexican artists, and life within a different culture. At the end of the year, I was given the same opportunity to live and teach in Rome, Italy. Both of those experiences were unique and had a profound influence on my work. After returning to Texas, I was accepted in the graduate program at the University of Houston, and received a MFA degree in 1981. Over the years I have taught all levels of painting and drawing at various institutions until 1990 when I began painting full time.