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Wilson Hurley - SNOW SQUALLS CENTRAL UTAH -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Wilson Hurley


Limited Edition of: 550
Image Size: 32 1/4"w x 16 1/4"h.
Published: July 1987

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This scene is toward Moab, perhaps past Green River and heading south. The sky was black and stormy, lying close to the ground and moving fast to the east. From time to time a cell in the clouds would lay a swarth of snow a mile or so wide across the ground; elsewhere there was intermittent drizzle.

All of sudden there was a rent in the clouds and the clear winter sun hit a mesa that had just been covered by snow. The flow of west wind was causing a small low-pressure ridge over the leading edge of the mesa where a lenticular cloud formed in the moist air.

Just as quickly, it was gone.

Wilson Hurley
The decision to become an artist is not always easy. It took Wilson Hurley decades and two careers before he followed his muse. But his experiences added to his vision, making him one of the most respected landscape artists in the world and perhaps best known for his primordial portraits of the American West. One of Hurley’s most monumental accomplishments is the creation of five unique American vistas, Windows to the West–a series of forty by sixteen foot triptychs–which hang in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. These classic American works are worthy of the Hudson Valley School of Artists’ maxim: "If you wish to see God’s work, look about you." Hurley was born in Tulsa, the son of a lawyer who was to become Secretary of War in President Herbert Hoover’s administration. Following a military career and a World War II assignment he practiced law in New Mexico, where spectacular views of the West fueled his hobby of painting. Then came the fateful appointment with a dying client, a terminally ill doctor who consulted Hurley about a will. With the knowledge of mortality forefront in his mind, Hurley decided to devote the rest of his life to art. This devotion led him to become one of the leading landscapists of our time, compared to such revered painters as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole and Thomas Moran. Hurley is a founding member of the National Academy of Western Art and the recipient of their highest honor, the Prix de West.


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