William Matthews’ professional career began in Los Angeles, designing album covers for Warner Brothers and Capitol Records. He lived in Europe from 1975 until 1980 and after he returned to the United Sates, he ran a graphic design studio in Colorado until 1990 when he dedicated himself full-time to painting. Matthews is best known for his portrayal of the working cowboy. The 1994 publication, Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews, chronicles a decade of the artist’s work devoted to this subject. Matthews won the Gold Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in 2011.