William Alther was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1959. Art has always played a significant role in his life. From an early age he had an interest in drawing, particularly animals. A degree in wildlife biology from Texas A&M University eventually led to a zoology position at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Throughout, he was an active artist and in 2004 began painting full-time. The natural world continues to be his chief inspiration.
"I like the idea of being open to a variety of subject matter and I've dabbled in other genres such as still-life and figure; but obviously, animals and landscape command my attention time and time again. In any case, I try to be very conscious of the elements common to any good painting such as structure and paint quality."
William is devoted to the life-long process of learning, evolving and maturing as an artist. To that end, his continuing development has included workshops and studies with artist such as T. Allen Lawson and Kevin Weckbach. In particular, friend and mentor Mark Daily is a great influence and has inspired high standards.
William is a member of Oil Painters of America and the Society of Animal Artists. His work is regularly juried into their annual exhibitions as well as other national shows.
Selected Awards and Exhibitions include:
Southwest Award of Excellence at the 2012 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Denver, CO,
President's Award of Excellence, 2010 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ, Western Visions, 2011, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY, Birds in Art, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007,
2011, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition,
2006, 2009, 2010, Oil Painters of America Central/Western Regional Exhibition, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Art and the Animal, Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Memberships: Oil Painters of America, Society of Animal Artists.
William Alther's painting are available through Pitzer's Fine Arts.
See at Video Slideshow of his work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAfTkUF8YvQ