Lyman Byxbe (1886 – 1980)
Lyman Byxbe was one of many great artists who have turned to the majestic Rocky Mountains for inspiration and the subject matter of their compositions. Born in Pittsfield, Illinois, he began at an early age to teach himself to draw. He became a successful commercial artist in Omaha, Nebraska, where he studied the art of etching under Mark Levings. In 1938, Byxbe moved to Estes Park, Colorado, where he had a summer studio for many years. All of the artist’s time and talent was devoted to copper plate etching in his mountain studio.
Recently in the last few years, Lyman Byxbe has been honored by membership in the Chicago Society of Etchers, Miniature Print Society of Kansas City, Missouri, and Northwest Printmakers of Seattle, Washington. He is represented in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Arts, at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress, at Washington, D.C.