Charles Banks Wilson
From The Ozarks & Beyond
Charles Banks Wilson was born in Springdale, Arkansas and grew up in the further-most part of the Ozarks in Miami, Oklahoma. From the Ozarks, Wilson built a national reputation as one of America’s great artists.
A great achievement of Charles was illustrating over 65 pure blood Indians representative of their respective tribes. Mr. Wilson was also a renowned portrait artist of individuals such as Will Rogers, Jim Thorpe, Woody Guthrie and his lifelong friend Thomas Hart Benton. Seven of his portraits hang in the Oklahoma State Capitol.