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William Moyers


Not Fit for Women or Children, Oil on canvas, 20" x 24", ©

 

A member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1968 and now a member Emeritus, Bill Moyers is a painter and sculptor of western subjects. His work is in numerous major collections including the Gilcrease Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the National Cowboy Hall of Fame; the Albuquerque Museum; and the Cowboy Artists of America at Kerrville. He has won numerous gold and silver medals and is in prestigious publications including "Cowboy in Art" by Harmsen and "Bronzes of the American West," by Patricia Broder.

He and his wife Neva, who have been married fifty years, live in their
home in Albuquerque surrounded by the artifacts of their long life
together. At the age of fourteen, Bill came to Colorado with his father,
a lawyer, who placed him with a family of five boys on a ranch. He
worked his way through high school and college as a cowboy and began selling pictures of bucking horses for 25 cents each.

In 1939, he graduated with a degree in fine arts from Adams State
Teachers College in Alamosa and later studied at the Otis Art Institute
in Los Angeles with E. Roscoe Shraeder, a pupil of illustrator Howard
Pyle. To earn extra money, he worked at Walt Disney Studios for a year on the movie "Fantasia."

In 1943, he and Neva married, and he served in the Army and she in the Navy, and they lived in New York City where he began illustration,
winning an "American Artist" magazine competition for illustrating an
Owen Wister novel. From that time, his career took off, and Neva handled the business side but stayed in the Navy until his success was obvious. The couple lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he did over 200 illustration assignments, and they had four children, two of whom are artists--John Moyers, also a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and Charles, a sculptor.

On a summer visit to Taos in 1958, the Moyers met Tom and Sally Lewis, owners of The Taos Gallery, and they asked Bill to do paintings for their gallery. It was the beginning of a long association, which continues to this day, and to facilitate the relationship, the Moyers moved to Albuquerque in 1962. Until 1978, the time when Tom Lewis died, he handled every piece of Moyers’ work beginning with painting and later sculpture. Since 1966, Bill estimates he has created more than fifty bronzes.

His work is highly realistic combined with emotional involvement with
the subject and is in the tradition of Charles Russell and Frederic
Remington. Moyers regards his art as an extension of human experience:"The basic elements of fear, conflict, hunger, need, and the effects of weather . . .anyone in the world during any age can understand (New Mexico Magazine, June 1993).

Source: The following biography has been provided by Linda Sherer, owner of The Taos Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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