A traditional painter of Western scenes, he was born in Arcadia, Nebraska in 1917 and lived in Cibolo, Texas from 1980-on.
While he was living and working as a commercial artist in Chicago, the actor Vincent Price saw an exhibition of his work in 1965 and had a selection of his pictures brought to his apartment. He offered to buy all thirty canvases but Wilson refused to sell more than 24 because "it would have wiped me out."
Growing up in Nebraska, Wilson's uncle let him ride a cow pony until the horse and he went back into the barn "with the top half of the door closed."
During World War II, Wilson was in France as a photographer in the Army Engineers and attended classes at the Ecole des Beaux Art
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