Herbert Dunton studied in Boston and New York, although he was self-taught in his youth and sold his first illustrations when he was only 16. He then became well-known for his paintings of Native Americans and the American Southwest, where he frequently travelled and learned to cowboy and hunt. He also founded the Tao Society of Artists. Dunton was an illustrator of numerous books, including several of the classic cowboy stories of Zane Grey. In 1928 he was severely injured in a horse accident, but survived, only to die in 1935 from prostate cancer.