Wilson has been painting since 2002 and has had little formal art training apart from attending regular Sally Maguire workshops in Paraparaumu and attending 2–day workshops with other pastelists including top Australian artist, Colina Grant.
However, he grew up in a household that revolved around art. His father was well-known in the 1950s to 1980s as a full-time professional landscape painter and his mother was a very competent potter. His brother Desmond trained as a commercial artist and also paints.
Wilson is semi-retired from a long career in surveying and land development during which he developed a real appreciation of landform and the outdoors. He works exclusively in the versatile pastel medium and his main subjects are landscape and portrait work.
Wilson has lived on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand for nearly 30 years and is a member of Pastel Artists of New Zealand and the Kapiti Arts and Crafts Society.