William Matthews: Trespassing presents selected works from his early career to his most recent paintings. Matthews began working as a graphic designer, but dedicated himself to watercolor painting in 1990. The 27 artworks on view exemplify his expertise and sophisticated understanding of watercolor technique. His main focus has been subjects found in the American West: working cowboys, ranches, rural architecture, and the landscape.
While primarily known for his cowboy paintings, Matthews is not himself a cowboy. Instead, he is an interloper—a trespasser—viewing their world from the outside. He is not, however, a stranger to the West. Matthews is a westerner who lives and works in Denver.