Born in 1950 in La Junta, Colorado, and raised in rural Southeastern Colorado, Gordon McConnell studied art at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (B.A. 1972) and California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder (M.A., 1979). McConnell is best known as a postmodernist western painter. His work has been included in exhibitions all across the country, including Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming; The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida; and the Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C., in an exhibition that traveled to the National Art Gallery, Beijing, and other museums in China.