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Artist BILL WYLES


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Painting is not just a passion for William C. Wyles, it is a way of life. From an early age he dabbled in the arts, always inspired by artists of the Great American West such as Frederic Remington, Edgar Payne, Charles Russell and Maynard Dixon.  This was a connection that in his earlier years, inspired Bill's western sculptures, and would eventually influence his decision to paint the landscape.
 
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bill was raised in and around Santa Fe, as his grandparents owned a ranch on the Pecos river. With a father in the army, he and his siblings moved many times, living in Germany, St. Louis, and Virginia, until he moved back to New Mexico to attend high school and junior college at New Mexico Military Institute. Between 1969-1971, Wyles attended the University of Arkansas on a baseball scholarship, and earned a Bachelors degree in Business.  Bill married his high school sweetheart, Fay, and moved back to New Mexico, yet again, to work at the New Mexico Military Institute and raise a family.  Between 1971 and 1991, Wyles enjoyed a long career at the NMMI, eventually leading him into a role as Director of Development for the school.  In 1991 he was offered an opportunity he couldn't turn down.  The National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City sought out Bill's expertise as a professional fundraiser to raise a substantial amount of money for the expansion of the museum.  It was an exciting time of new adventures and challenges.  During this time at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Bill spear-headed the development of the museum's 20 million dollar expansion.  He met and worked with the best artists of the American West, with the Prix de West art exhibit as a highlight every year.  Between 1991-1999 Wyles developed a [...]

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