William Gollings (1878 - 1932)
Elling William Gollings created paintings known for their accurate accounting of the Old West. Gollings drew upon his own personal experiences as a cowboy in his work. He was also known to have studied and admired the drawings of Frederic Remington, which often appeared in Harper's Weekly magazine. Gollings was born in 1878 in Pierce, Idaho. As a boy he spent much of his time in New York, Idaho, and Michigan, finishing high school in Chicago. At age nineteen Gollings traveled to small mining and cattle towns in South Dakota, Montana, and Nebraska, where he spent most of his time as a sheepherder and cowboy.
Despite his ranching activities Gollings had always possessed an interest in art. His first exposure to paint was around age twenty five, when he began working with a set of mail-order paints. After selling several paintings he was admitted to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts on a scholarship. Returning to Wyoming, Gollings maintained his interest in art and became proficient in etching under the guidance of Hans Kleiber. In 1909, Gollings built a studio in Sheridan, Wyoming, giving up ranch life. He devoted himself to the painting of Western scenes, using "Gollings" and a pony-track symbol to sign his works. Gollings died in Sheridan at age 54.