Wilson was born in Seattle, WA and decided to become a wildlife artist on his 8th birthday. As a self-taught artist, he developed his own style and technique over the years.
Wilson has been active for 47 years as a professional artist. As Curator of Exhibits at the Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum in the 1970s, he developed his artistic techniques for expressing his deep love of nature. He painted a 16,250 square foot mural in the 1980s at the Jungle World Exhibit in the Bronx Zoo, New York. His gouache paintings, which depict his unique style of texture and whimsy, have been exhibited around the world and are in permanent collections at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA and the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has also enjoyed the challenges of monumental bronze sculpture commissions. The Wildcat Family, an 11½ foot sculpture at the University of Arizona, Tubac Jack, a 7 foot bronze jackrabbit sculpture, at the Tubac Center of the Arts, Natural Flow, a 14 foot sculpture at the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA and The First Responder, a 6 foot sculpture for a firefighter’s memorial in Noblesville, IN.
In addition to gouache, oils, watercolors and bronze sculpture, Wilson also has created copperplate etchings. His etchings and wood engravings are being distributed and can be found in homes around the world as well as in permanent collection at the Smithsonian in D.C. and the Leigh Yawkey Art Museum in Wausau, WI.