William E. Sharer grew up immersed in the beauty and rich colors of the New Mexico landscape and the fabled history of the West. Following his tour of duty with the Marines, he enrolled in the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, studying under well-known teachers including William H. Mosby and Joseph Vandenbrouck.
Sharer perfected his techniques while studying the work of the early Taos, New Mexico, painters and later studied with Robert Lougheed. By the end of the 1960s, he had won national recognition for his paintings and moved to Denver, Colorado, to paint in a new environment.
In spite of his success, Sharer says that “each painting is harder than the last. You seek out harder things to do, harder problems to solve. You know more and you expect more of yourself.”