Buffalo Kaplinski was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1943. He moved to Taos in 1966 and now resides in Elizabeth, Colorado. He studied at the Art institute in Chicago and the American Academy of Art. Buffalo is considered a master watercolorist and an expert plein air painter. He has traveled and painted all over the world from southwestern U.S. to Tahiti. Buffalo has exhibited in over 75 public institutions, including museums and universities. "The goals of a landscape painting that I have established are the very highest. I work on location frequently and paint fervently in order to give my paintings the authority they have."