Wilson Hurley was born in Tulsa and spent his early years in Virginia and New Mexico. The beauty of New Mexico and its art traditions led to his early interest in painting. Trained as a pilot at West Point and an early tour of duty in the Philippines encouraged the broad perspective that enriches his work. His extensive studies of history, art history and the sciences give his work a sense of reality that he has edited in the best tradition of representational art. The catalog of his work illustrates his wide-ranging interest in landscape, outer space, aerospace, as well as portraiture and still life and is an attempt to present a complete accounting of his work.