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The Richness of Reality

The widely recognized landscape artist Wilson Hurley (1924-2008) is the subject of a new coffee-table book titled The Life and Art of Wilson Hurley: Celebrating the Richness of Reality. Written by Hurley’s wife, Rosalyn Roembke Hurley, it chronicles the artist’s journey through careers as a pilot and a lawyer before his commitment to painting at the age of 40. The book’s foreword by the late Peter H. Hassrick, director emeritus of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, is reproduced here with permission from the publisher. For more information, visit

lived and looked and loved larger than life. From his perch on the west side of the massive Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, he set as his stage a view of the New Mexican skyline that spread beyond imagining to the west over a seemingly endless desert horizon. He gazed upon this glory through his days and evenings and

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