Bill grew up in a fishing family in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He specializes in marine art - seascapes and boats. He studied oil painting with Margaret Taylor, Robert Benham and also painted with Emil Gruppe in Gloucester, Ma. While living and painting on Cape Cod from 2002 to 2006 he was greatly influenced by the watercolor work of his friend, the late Anton Stetzko who induced him to try that media.
Bill lived and painted in Melbourne, Florida and was a member and Director of the Strawbridge Art League. While his early work was with oils and watercolor; he now works soley in the mixed-media of Acrylics, Pen & Ink.
Growing up in Gloucester, most of his paintings reflect that area’s famous tradition of sailing fishing and trading schooners. In recent years he has added working figures of fishermen and sailors to many of his paintings to help them tell a story of the era they represent. Much of his art features historic ships and scenes of Colonial America. Bill strives to tell a story with his paintings and frequently adds brief historic notes to their FAA descriptions.
Bill currently lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina and paints historical scenes of early New England. south Atlantic, the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahamas. He lives with his wife, Therese A. Kraemer who is an artist and author of Romance Novels and poetry. He is presently working on paintings which portray the extensive sea-born trade that flourished between the ports of Charleston, SC and Gloucester, Ma. after the American Revolutionary War.
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