By Jeanette Winter
Young Charles Russell wanted to be a cowboy, so just two weeks shy of his sixteenth birthday, the determined Charlie boarded a train heading to the frontier. There, in 1880, in the land of buffalo, Indians, and open prairie, Charlie found his home. And there he became a painter-but, not just any painter. Today Charles M. Russell is considered one of the greatest artists of the American West and one who opened its door to so many.