I specialize in: Literary Arts, Painting, Drawing

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Harlan D. Whatley was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and grew up in the Lone Star State in Austin and Dallas. When Whatley was in the first grade in Dallas, he played a chap-wearing cowboy in my school play, The Big Show. Armed with a Wild Wild West TV show lunch box, a "64 brilliant colors box "of Crayola crayons and a red Big Chief Writing Tablet, Whatley colored his way into the cowboy culture.

Today, the American cowboy icon is alive and well in popular culture. Whatley's mission is to elevate the narrative of the American cowboy by way of his art. Whatley's art can be purchased on Etsy, eBay and at Emmalee's Shop in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas.


BA, English – College of Charleston

MFA, Integrated Media Arts – Hunter College/CUNY

MA, English – University of Texas – Permian Basin

Whatley studied drawing at Midland College and color/composition at The Art Students League of New York.