Some people's true calling in life is obvious even at a young age. This was
the case for Missouri-born Ronald Beights. Beights always had a love for art.
Throughout his life he continued to draw, aspiring to have a syndicated comic
strip. During college, he found himself drawing and helping to write a
nationally syndicated comic strip for children with the Chicago Sun-Times.
This was the first of many opportunities for him to use his unique artistic
After attending the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Ronald Beights drew and
sold a number of magazine cartoons. He served in the United States Army as an
illustrator for Fifth Army Training Aids at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for
two years. He continued his artistic career by working as an art director and
production manager for Edward F. Ruder Associates, an advertising and public
Since 1979, Beights has been a successful freelance artist/illustrator,
serving many well-known clients such as Southern Bell, Great American Life, and
Rexall. Mr. Beights enjoys hunting, fishing, and collecting Indian artifacts. He
also enjoys participating in historical reenactments and playing in an old-time
music band called the "Booneslick Strings." He is a member of the
James-Younger Gang, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and Friends of the
Ronald Beights is currently living in St. Louis, Missouri, where he continues
to practice his calling in life: art.
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