W. A. Slaughter (1923-2003)
A native of San Antonio, W.A. Slaughter had a full childhood of sketching and exploring the countryside around him. As a self taught artist, his works include a broad range of subject matter, but is best known for his glorious Texas landscapes blanketed in bluebonnets. He captures the aged strength of magnificent Texas live oaks, and the breath taking vistas of the serene Hill Country and the beauty of rambling Texas streams.
According to Slaughter, “a painting must speak for itself to the viewer and have artistic value, no matter who the painter. I make no conscious attempt to make a statement to society, but feel that the message in my paintings lies in the beauty of adorned nature.”
Early in his career, he was called to the ministry as an ordained Lutheran minister and served an English-speaking congregation in Mexico City. He returned to Dallas in 1964 to the pastorate of The King of Glory Lutheran Church and began exhibiting his paintings through the Artists and Craftsmen Association of Dallas.
As one of Texas’ foremost artists, Slaughter’s works are enjoyed in such collections as those of the Baylor Medical Center, Texas Credit Union, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Staubach, The Honorable Roy Huffington, Clarice Tinsley and other prominent Dallas area homes. Slaughter was generous with his time and talent, donating to charities such as: the Wadley Blood Bank, Women’s Guild for United Cerebral Palsy, the Richardson Symphony and other worthwhile community and civic organizations.
Mr. Slaughter’s works have also been featured in Southwest Art Magazine, Texas Home and Connoisseur magazine as well as many others. Southwest Gallery is proud to have represented Mr. Slaughter and his work for over 30 years.