A landscape painter known for his loose, impressionist style, Will Vawter was raised in Greenfield, Indiana and began his career as an illustrator. His first assignments were for James Whitcomb Riley, a successful poet who was also a resident of Greenfield. Vawter and his wife of two years moved to Brown County, Indiana in 1908. For the next fifteen years, he worked on magazine illustration assignments. In 1923 Vawter divorced and moved into a small apartment in downtown Nashville, where he became more involved in oil painting. In 1925 he exhibited and won the prize for best winter scene at the first Hoosier Salon exhibit. Will Vawter also exhibited at the Brown County Art Gallery Association.