William Haskell Biography

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Artist Statement:

“Whether the scene is in the American West or the Eastern Seaboard, I look for a particular element of descriptive history. The American Landscape is a vanishing land, ever changing and evolving with our progress. I believe it is important to recall the past as we live in the present and move to the future." Haskell continues, "The landscape tells this history and it is important to record and preserve whenever possible. I find it interesting that there are generations that will never see these lands the way we do today. That progress and growth in an area often covers up a rich story that is truly the essence of an area. Across the country we have historic villages and farmscapes that are shadowed by urban growth. I feel it is important to record these areas that not only document our experience but evoke nostalgia for a simpler time.”

Nestled in a high desert terrain, the regional landscapes and villages of the West inspire artist William Haskell to create exquisite dry-brush watercolor and acrylic works, which reflect his passion for this unique and diversified landscape. Weathered adobe structures are drenched in a crisp white light beneath Western mountain ranges, mesas and prairie lands in many of Haskell’s colorful paintings. His focus on detail in his work goes beyond mere description of subject and draws the viewer into the painting for a more intimate connection with everyday forms and a sense of place. With the use of dry brush techniques, he is able to take watercolor or acrylic to a different level by working as translucently or opaquely as needed.



  • University of Wisconsin Stout, BS Graphic Design

Awards and Honors:

  • El Rancho de Las Golondrinas Museum, Santa Fe NM, Featured Artist 2005 
  • Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga Wy, Selected for inclusive residency
  • Santa Fe Wine & Chile, New Mexico Vine Events, Santa Fe NM, Featured Artist 2013

Selected Publications:

  • Landscapes of New Mexico
  • Art Journey New Mexico
  • American Art Collector
  • Western Art Collector
  • Southwest Art
  • Western Art and Architecture
  • Cowboys & Indians
  • Santa Fean
  • New Mexico Magazine
  • Roundup-Western Writers of America
  • WildWest Magazine
  • American Art Collector

Selected Exhibitions:

  • Masterworks of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 2004
  • Farmington Museum National Juried Show, Farmington NM 2004
  • El Rancho de Las Golondrinas Museum, Santa Fe NM, Featured Artist 2005
  • “Landscapes of New Mexico” book signing and show, Santa Fe New Mexico 2005
  • Audubon Society Show 2009
  • Juror for Masterworks New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 2009
  • “Art Journey New Mexico” book signing and show, Santa Fe NM 2009
  • 2013 Santa Fe Wine and Chile Artist, Santa Fe New Mexico
  • Albuquerque Museum of Art and history, 2014/Present
  • Miniatures and More, Mountain Oyster Club 45th Annual Contemporary Western Art show 2014/Present
  • Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale 2015/Present
  • National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Small Works, Great Wonders 2015/Present 
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX 2020


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