For the next twenty years, Craig illustrated on a freelance basis for clients including TV Guide, Mechanics Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, Yearly Reports, Field & Stream, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Old Milwaukee, and IBM. He was elected a member of the New York Society of Illustrators in 1980 and received their Silver Medal Award in 1981.
In 1989, Craig moved to Colorado to focus on western oil paintings. He started his own publishing business, Cheyenne Press, in 1994 to promote his work. The same year, he was voted 21st in the nation`s top print artists (by a U.S. Art Magazine survey of over 850 galleries nationwide.) In 1996, he was commissioned by the Park Meadows Shopping Resort to paint a Colorado scene for the Nordstrom entrance. Several of his works reside in The Anschutz Collection in Denver and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.
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