Duane Bryers story is written in watercolor and oil and a bit of daredevil in the backwoods of Minnesota. Bryers was a trapeze performer in his own circus but Duane Bryers wanted to be an artist and as a kid, was never without his sketchbook.
Bryers 1937 mural of Minnesota mining history won him his first big payday: three thousand dollars and a ticket out.
"When I was a tiny kid, I wanted to be a cartoonist when I grew up," said Bryers.
And so he was -- creating Cokey while in the service. A nationally syndicated cartoon strip in the 40's but he wanted more. In the 50's as a struggling commercial artist in New York - he had a vision.
When bryers came to Arizona in the late 50's, he launched another career. Bryer's western art has won him national recognition and acclaim. He's one of the best there ever was.
Talented and cute. His youngest daughter, patty says dad thinks he's 65 and acts like he's 30.