A prolific pulp illustrator, Robert G. Harris was born in Kansas City, Missouri and began studying for his career as an artist while still in high school, attending night school at the Kansas City Art Institute. He also studied at both Grand Central Art School in New York City and at the Arts Student League. Over the course of his education, he was taught by renowned illustrators like Monte Crews, Harvey Dunn, and George Bridgeman.
His education paid off when Harris opened his own New York-based studio in 1933 and he quickly found success doing covers for both the pulps and for the leading “women’s magazines” of the time. In 1953, he relocated to Arizona, where he spent the rest of his life. After retiring from commercial illustration in 1961, Harris continued to be renowned for his portraits and his paintings of life in the old west.
Below is just a small sampling of his work.