He is most well known for his portrayal of the working cowboys from the great ranches of the American west. The 1994 published monograph, Cowboys & Images: The Watercolors of William Matthews, chronicles a decade of the artist’s work devoted to this subject. A second monograph, William Matthews: Working the West, was released in the fall of 2007.
Other areas of study are highlighted in the following Exhibition Catalogs; Gamble Ranch Granary, (2012) Hats & Headwear, (2008), Yellowstone, (2007); Italy, (2006); Canyon de Chelly, (2005), Scotland; The Highlands & Islands, (2003); A Wet Line: Fly Fishing on the Rivers of North America, (2002); Land of the Rajput, (2001); Buckaroos of the Great Basin, (2000); Fast Horses, (1999), Ireland, (1997); Heart Land: Watercolors of the Amish and Mennonite and Shaker Villages, (1996); China, (1995); The Blue Nile, (1993); and Sketches of Spain, (1992).
William Matthews watercolors are widely exhibited, and are part of numerous private and public collections including; Joslyn Museum, Omaha, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Warner Western Records, Nashville, Autry National Center, Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia, Buffalo Bill Historical Center and Museum, Cody, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Old West Museum, Cheyenne, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Denver Art Museum.
William Matthews is Represented by:
Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, WY