W.R. Thrasher (1908-1997), Riverside, oil on canvas, 16 x 20", frame: 22.25 x 26.25"
Born in Lamar County, Texas, in 1908, William Robert Thrasher was a farm boy. Because of his desire to paint he spent all his earnings for brushes and canvas. He observed and painted the life he knew: wildlife, farm scenes and the unspoiled countryside of the early twentieth century. The death of his father during the Depression forced the sale of the farm and family possessions. The first items sold, and the most in demand, were Thrasher's paintings. This gave him the encouragement for a lifetime art career. Young Thrasher found an expanding market for his early works, which were rendered on beaver board, masonite and other materials available to the budding artist. These early creations soon found homes in Lamar and surrounding counties. Noted art critics have commented on his work as being well executed and having good composition and perspective. Although he is best known for landscapes, he is an artist of diversified talent. His works are included in private collections throughout the country, in state offices in Austin, Texas, in various universities and in congressional offices in Washington, D.C.