With a university art degree in hand, William Ersland was hired as an illustrator at a large Advertising Studio where he worked for ten years. He then freelanced for several years with representation in New York and Chicago and honed his academic drawing and painting skills even further.
For more than a decade Ersland has focused purely on the fine art of the Old West and Equine Sports. He divides up his working day between gallery paintings, his family and his sport horse Ike.
In 2020, Ersland was selected to be an artist in the prestigious Cheyenne Frontier Days Summer Show. Ersland won the "Best of the West" Blue Ribbon and a "Best of the Wild Horse" 2nd place Ribbon in the Rock Springs Wild Horse Art Show in 2011. Featured frequently in the American Academy of Equine Art, he won "The Sporting Art Award" in 2019.
Ersland has shown at March in Montana, eight years in The Mountain Oyster Art Show in Tucson, AZ, and the American Plains Artists show in Texas.
Horse owner and avid rider, Ersland thinks training his big spot horse Ike makes him an informed equine artist.
"The great constant in all of my art is the horse. From Western Art to Sporting Art, and from Rodeo to Polo." - William
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