The Hermosa Inn

About the Artist, Lon Megargee

Considered "the Dean of Arizona Cowboy Artists," Lon Megargee's painting history is vast. Around 1913, Megargee was commissioned by Arizona's First Governor, George W.P. Hunt to create 15 murals for the Arizona State Capitol building to celebrate Arizona's first active government. While living at Casa Hermosa, he painted three additional murals for the city library as part of the Work Project Administration (WPA) under President Roosevelt. These strikingly colorful murals are of three life-size male figures: an Indian, a Priest, and a Farmer, with different aspects of their lives illustrated in the background.

In 1939, Lon's paintings first appeared in Arizona Highways magazine. As a regular contributor, he was being dubbed the Zane Grey of Cowboy Artists. In the 1940's he was commissioned to do four paintings for the A-1 Brewing Company, two of which were to become his most famous: "Black Bart" and "A Cowboy's Dream." The latter is on display in Lon's at the hermosa.

Megargee is also famous for the design of the cowboy and his horse, which also appears inside all Stetson Hats. According to Southwest Art magazine, Lon Megargee "occupies an unparalleled position in the history of western art and his works stand as matchless examples that were always ahead of their time in conception and excellence."

Click here for a slideshow of Lon Megargee's work.