Born in Gila Bend, Arizona, Bill Owen had two desires in life;
to become a cowboy and an artist. Like many aspiring artists,
Owen developed a proficiency for drawing that would later serve him
well in his oil paintings. He began working on ranches after
high school to acquire the authentic experience of ranch life so
essential in depicting the western lifestyle.
Owen has drawn widespread acclaim for his work, having exhibited
his work at the Grand Palais in France and at the Western Art Show
in Beijing, China. He has won the coveted Stetson Award for
the best overall exhibition at the Cowboy Artists of America annual
show four times.
In his own words, Owen maintained that "drawing, color, subject
matter, and composition are the ingredients for a good painting."
In addition, Owen strived to depict his cowboy subjects accurately
and with integrity. Drawing, he maintained, is the chief
component of any great painting and without it you have nothing.
When viewing any Bill Owen painting, these elements are