Sculpture of Distinction
Hardwood guaranteed not to warp, twist or crack.
Born in Texas, Bill grew up in the hey-day of Western stars like Roy
Rogers and Gene Autry. As a child, playing in the plains of the Texas
Panhandle, he expected to find old guns or saddles of dead outlaws
behind every sagebrush. Instead, he found a love of the Western way
A tour of military duty in Korea and Japan, exposed him to the beauty
of wood in architecture and sculpture. Beautifully carved sculpture and
doors were elaborate elements of the buildings. Here he found a love
of wood and sculpture and was impressed by the many beautiful uses.
A twenty year career as a General Building and Engineering Contractor
further enhanced his love of wood and architecture. Then, a chance
encounter with a beautiful wood carving led to carving as a hobby. This
opened his eyes and the light went on, so to speak. Always interested
in art, this new hobby seemed to combine every aspect of his life’s
influences; Western Art, Sculpture, and Wood.
Now, after more than twenty years as a wood sculptor, this love has
turned to a relentless passion. Bill’s goal is to create wood sculpture
that showcases the beauty of wood and tells our Western Americana
story. This unique conceptual blend has resulted in twenty-four Best Of
Show Awards, four People’s Choice Awards, and countless first place
Blue Ribbons. And, participation in such prestigious art shows as the
Masters Of The American West at the Autry Museum.
From Gene Autry in parades to the Gene Autry Museum.
Art studies include High School and College, classes by professional
artists at the Scottsdale Artist’s School in AZ,
field trips in Korea and Japan, and various correspondence classes.
However, Bill is basically self-taught in the art of wood carving. With
respect to the care and preservation of wood, Smithsonian Museum
Research discovered why some wood antiquities have been preserved
for thousands of years.
Bill has incorporated this information into all of his work.
See the Web Page About Wood.
Masters of the American West, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ…..Purchase Award, 1993
Cattlemen’s Art Show, Paso Robles, CA…..Featured Artist 1994
Design In Wood Show & Competition, Del Mar, CA…...Best Of Show &
President’s Award, 1999 and Best Of Show 2009
Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ…...Honorary Artist Life Member
Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ…...Olief Weighorst Best Of Show
San Dimas Festival of Western Art, ..........Best Of Show & Purchase
Fall Wildlife Art Show, San Dimas, CA….....Gold Medal for Sclupture,
Fall Wildlife Art Show, San Dimas, Ca...........Silver Medal for Wildlife,
Fall Classics Show, Hamilton, MT…..and many other Fine Art invitational
California Carvers Guild…..4 People’s Choice ;19 Best of Show; 60+
Blue Ribbons; 3 Sponsor’s Choice Awards
Featured Artist at 5 art shows
Guest Speaker to 4 art groups
Art of the West, July-August 1999…...Just One Carving Away
Wood Carving Illustrated, 1999…..The Western Art of William Churchill
Cowboys & Indians, September 2002;
Western Horseman, May 1998;
The Silver Bullet;
InformArt Magazine, Resource 2000;
Fine Woodworking Magazine.
Art of the West, Sept-Oct. 2011.... The Studio of Bill Churchill
California Carvers Guild;
National Wood Carvers Assoc.;
San Diego Fine Woodworkers Assoc.
Masters of the American West 2014 Autry Museum Art Show
Calvin & Marilyn Gross Ken Nitz
"Circle Of Life" a two-sided sculpture. "Dignity & Tradition" "Mystic Vision Of Crazy Horse"
A special thanks to some special people....art collectors truly are special people !
|Spirit Of Sacagawea
IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ALICE CASPER
Life-size in Mahogany
at the International Design In wood Competition,
Del Mar, California June 7th, 2014
IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF BOB & LORA SANDRONI
Poplar with Liquid Glass Beads
|Yesteryear and Apache Warrior
IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF HELMUT & HILDE HORCHLER
Mahogany & Poplar Walnut
18" High 26" High
IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF MARIO PANCINO
Jelutong....Malaysian Rubber Tree
"Carved Wood Stirrups"
Now in the private collection of
Jeff & Kim Penta
Mike & Tanya Bauer
|30 years in the making,
so to speak. First carved
over 30 years ago it
showed my skill level at
the time. Put away and
forgotten, the question
up to my current skill
level? Here is the result.
|Mystic Vision Of Crazy Horse
Now in the private collection of