Bob Dale

"Hosteen Nex - Navajo Mountain, Ariz." Realistic Profile Portrait Pencil Drawing 1970



Pencil, paper


Realistic profile portrait pencil drawing by Texas artist Bob Dale. The work features an aged depiction of Hosteen Nez, a Navajo Indian from Navajo Mountain, Arizona. Signed, titled, and dated along front lower margin. Currently hung in a solid black frame with a wide, black matting.

Artist Biography

Bob Dale was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1927 and grew up in Brownsville, Texas. He began drawing from the time he could hold a pencil and hasn't stopped since. He entered the United States Navy in 1943 and served on the USS Boston until 1945 when he returned home to San Antonio. After the war was over, Dale attended GI Art School for four years where he excelled in all forms of media. Before he had even graduated, Dale was hired as the editorial cartoonist at the San Antonio Express-News. He enjoyed this post for nearly 35 years. Bob Dale became well-known in San Antonio for his work at the paper, where, in addition to editorial cartoons, he produced a popular series called "San Antonio Profiles". He created very distinct cartoons for the newspaper and made a good impact on South Texas. His style has been regarded as very consistent and recognizable from a mile away. While at the Express-News, Dale received many offers to go east and work at several different newspapers, but he refused. He was content with his job in San Antonio and couldn't bear to leave Texas. After retiring from the San Antonio Express-News in 1985, Bob Dale and his wife, June, moved to Alaska. He worked as the editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Times for two years, after which they, not surprisingly, became homesick and returned to San Antonio.

Dimensions With Frame

H 21.13 in. x W 17.13 in. x D .5 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 11.88 in. x W 9.5 in.