A founding member of the Brown County Art Gallery Association, Dale Bessire was a native of Indianapolis and studied at the John Herron Art Institute. He studied business at the University of Chicago, and then moved to Nashville, Indiana in 1914 where he became known as the artist farmer because he was successful at both running an orchard and pursuing an art career, primarily as a landscape painter. He exhibited at the Hoosier Salon and the Chicago Gallery Association.

Source: American Art Review, December 1994 Peter Falk, “Who Was Who in American Art”