William Sawczuk, b. 1945, Detroit, Michigan, (United States)
Born in Detroit, Michigan, William Sawczuk always enjoyed drawing, and began painting Western images before he'd even seen the West. Sawczuk earned degrees in mechanical engineering and architecture and became self-employed as a technical artist working on defense project logistics before pursuing a career in fine art. In 1976 he enrolled at the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver, spending a short time there; most of his art education has been "self-taught." Gleaning information from art books and magazines, visiting museums and galleries, as well as simple "trial and error" while painting and drawing have been his art instructional methods.
Based in Jackson Hole since the early 1990s, Sawczuk's subject matter includes horses, cowboys, wildlife, and the landscapes of Wyoming. Describing his work as impressionistic realism, Sawczuk often draws on his architectural background to capture many of the historical local features, like old barns and working ranches, in addition to his wildlife painting. Sawczuk is represented in galleries throughout the western United States, and has been an Artist-in-Residence on more than one occasion at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.