Beau Compton was born and raised in a rodeo and ranching family. Though he was initially interested in bit and spur making, he started silverwork in 1997 after his father-in-law introduced him to Vic Vasquez, a saddlemaker, silversmith, and bit and spur maker. In 2006 Compton started to pursue silverwork as a full-time business, and in 2015 he was awarded the TCAA Fellowship, which allowed him to learn from TCAA founding members Scott Hardy and Mark Drain. Compton credits the TCAA Fellowship Program and Emerging Artists Competition for propelling his work to the level of TCAA membership.
Compton currently resides with his wife and two children on his in-laws’ family-owned cow/calf operation. “It is a blessing to raise my children, who are the sixth generation on the ranch, in this environment,” Compton said, “and to perpetuate Western lifestyle and values.”