William’s first brush with art was a crush on his art
mistress at Bromley School for Boys in Kent, England. He
wanted her approval and so became top of the class for art
and it could be said that she was his first inspiration! On
leaving school William went to work in the City of London at
Number One Lombard Street which was then the address of
England’s Premier Bank. William liked colour and the bank
was not colourful so after two years he decided that he
needed more in the way of adventure. He left for Australia
where he stayed for five years and did everything from a
jackaroo to co-owning a boutique in Melbourne specialising
in fashion design. His creative flair was never far away in
those days but the times they were a’changing. He returned
to London and spent the next two decades still creating but
this time it was several business ventures that took over
his life and the art he loved took somewhat of a backseat.
He sold the art of others rather than producing it himself.
It wasn’t until the late 90’s that he came back full circle
and picked up a brush again. The time was right and without
the distraction of board rooms and management meetings he
could give his full attention to become the painter that
many artists and writers had said he should become.
William's interest lies
mainly in water colours. He was privileged to
paint the 2006 Christmas Card for the prestigious
Theatre Royal, Bath, U.K., as part of their fund
raising activities. William says 'Art is theatre
so it was very appropriate'.
He enjoys painting
House Portraits and is always thrilled to receive a
commission as he feels it is part of the family
history, which can be viewed by future
generations, as a piece of their past.
His watercolours give
him joy to paint and great pleasure in knowing that
his work is appreciated, if, as William suggests,
'painting can be considered work'.