William DeShazo was born in New Mexico and raised in Arizona just north of the Gila River and Mexico. He thrived on guns and herding cattle and capturing wild ponies to add to his string of horses. His rancher dad bought his first real sketchbook when he was twelve years old to keep him occupied during long solitary cowboy hours and away from bawdy bars south of the border.

He began his formal training in art under the influence of America's foremost classical artists.

His great imagination and sensitivity combined with mastery of a glazing technique all his own, and his dedication to portrayal of the subject he loves so well--the sea against rocky shore and majestic bluffs--has made a place for him in the annals of art history.