Warren Liphaelet Rollins is one of the first white artists to have worked primarily out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which went on to become a major center of the arts in America. His themes emphasize the western and southwestern parts of the US, with his Indian paintings being particularly popular and noteworthy.
Rollins is considered one of the most important painters in the founding of Santa Fe as an art colony and with its development. He was even known by the moniker "The Dean of the Santa Fe Art Colony". In 1910, his paintings were shown for the first time in Santa Fe and by 1915 he had moved to the colony. By the end of his life, his connection with the community would end up in his being the first president of the Santa Fe Art Club and with him teaching at the Palace of the Governor's.
William Liphaelet Rollins spent time in Baltimore in the 1940's, working in crayon and choosing seascapes as his primary subject. His western paintings, however, remain those for which he is most well-known. During his last years, he returned to the southwest, his 100 year-long life coming to a close in Winslow, Arizona.