William Alther was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1959. Art has always played a significant role in his life. From an early age he had an interest in drawing, particularly animals. A degree in wildlife biology from Texas A&M University eventually led to a zoology position at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Throughout, he was an active artist and in 2004 he began painting full-time. The natural world continues to be his chief inspiration, with landscapes and wildlife being his principal subjects.