scenes of wildlife. Born in 1926 in Goodland, KS, Beecham and his family moved to Grand Junction, CO around 1933. In Colorado, Beecham had his first experience with the fauna and landscape of the American West. In 1947, after serving in the military during World War II, Beecham enrolled at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts. By 1951, he was plying his trade as a commercial Illustrator in New York.
Beecham began painting the wildlife of his youth around 1973, after having primarily illustrated scantily clad women, cowboys fighting Native Americans, and jungle scenes with Amazonian natives. He was later made a part of the Society of American Historical Artists and the Society of Animal Artists. Beecham died in 2000.