William graduated from the Guildford School of Art in 1965. Today he works from his studio in Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway. He has held over 100 exhibitions (see link below).
He moved from Godalming Surrey in 1982, making his home in Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. His recent drawings are highly personal landscape studies, conveying a poetic, even lyrical interpretation. Nocturnal subjects have become a feature of his tranquil compositions, typical of the region’s clear night skies. Salvador Dali said ‘’Drawing is the honesty of art, there can be no excuses.‘’ Likewise William remains convinced that charcoal and pastel depict a rich yet simple sincerity of their own, a unique directness. He likens drawing to a handwritten invitation, a special occasion of time or place. Many of his compositions recall a sense of wonder or stillness amid a world in short supply of both. In the 70s, he became studio assistant to his dear friend and mentor the late Stefan Knapp, (1921-1996) This most beneficial guidance forms the basis for much of Williams studio process today. In Stefan’s autobiography, The Square Sun, he says, ‘’I search for a visual truth, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, but sometimes I feel I’m getting warmer”. William has taken this quietly to heart, acknowledging that while drawing he has come to understand what Stefan meant.
Original artwork can be viewed by appointment at the studio.
Talks are available for art societys / leisure groups. Based on art, music and poetry from the 1960s to the present include topics such as “Marginal Movements”, “A private view of practical dreaming” and “Watching Paint Dry”.