212 color plates

The Life and Art of Wilson Hurley

Celebrating the Richness of Reality
By Rosalyn Roembke Hurley
Edited by Susan Hallsten McGarry



Winner of the Silver Medal for Fine Art in the 2020 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards

The majesty of Earth’s most magnificent features was the domain of Wilson Hurley (1924–2008). In paintings of natural wonders throughout the galaxy, he was committed to expressing his love of the richness of reality. His journey to become a revered twentieth-century American landscapist is brought to life in this intimate biography. Written for appreciators, collectors, and working artists, Hurley’s goals and procedures—from thumbnails to plein air field studies and finished studio paintings—are elucidated in depth, including a commission that resulted in five monumental triptychs of our nation’s most prized vistas installed at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Subjects: Art

Contributor Bios
Rosalyn Roembke Hurley chronicles the journey of her husband, Wilson Hurley, from his youth in New Mexico through his careers as both a pilot and a lawyer before he finally followed his commitment to painting at age forty.
Susan Hallsten McGarry became an advocate for quality representational art while serving as the editor in chief of Southwest Art Magazine from 1979 to 1997. She brings that profile into her work today as an author, a curator, and an editor.
Peter Hassrick is the director emeritus and a senior scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He is a writer and an American art scholar who focuses on the American West.