Background: Beard was born in Buffalo, New York in 1814. Beard’s artistic interest and recognition of his capability took no time to blossom. It was after the Beard family’s relocation to Ohio that he began the serious pursuit of honing his artistic capabilities.
Achievements: Beard, like many people, went through different stages in his life. Along with his personal growth was the growth of his artistic abilities. He began with a wide variety of painting techniques such as watercolor, acrylic and pastel. It was in Painescille, Ohio that Beard studied under Jarvis Frary Hanks. He established his preferred genre of art in portrait painting; Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams and Don Quixote are just a few of the more sophisticated figures he chose to depict.
n 1846, at the age of 32, Beard returned to New York in order to get his work noticed. Two years later, his work paid off, as he was inducted into the National Academy of Design. In 1870, twelve years later, he decided to make New York his permanent home.