Thursday, November 10, 2011

Paintings at Jennings

Some of the paintings in my current show at Jennings Agency in Chapel Hill

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reception Tonight

I will be attending a reception of 19 of my paintings at Jennings Agency tonight in Chapel Hill. The event will be going from 5:30 to 7 pm and there will be free food and drinks.

Jennings is located at 104-A North Elliott Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Included in the show are these works:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Art Opening/Wine Party

Art reception for about a dozen of my paintings at Jennings Ad Agency in Chapel Hill on Nov. 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00pm. The show includes smaller works embedded in resin, oil paintings on canvas and wood panels.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Some of my work for the framing sequence to the anthology, "Testament" published by Metron Press. The book included the work of Bill Sienkiewicz, Scott Hampton, John Van Fleet, Greg Spalenka, and George Pratt, to name a few.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Editorial Illustrations

Some editorial pieces done for Washington City Paper. Art Directed by Jandos Rothstein.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Polka Dot

This painting has been modified since it was in this state, but I came across it while looking through and organizing files. It is oil on canvas and about 16" x 12". The current version is at Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Painting of Gabriel with a Mitt

From a couple of years ago, based on a photo of Gabriel when he was about 3, with a mitt on his hand. Oil on wood, 24" x 14" approx.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


There are so many people I want to add to this list. I haven't had the time to really sit down and decide who to put on it. There are many artists whose work I love and admire who are over 40 and don't get the media attention that is often focused on the young and new. This is a partial list at best. I hope you enjoy searching for and seeing these artists' work.

Here is a short list of artists who are over forty whose work I respect and like.
Tim Bower
Kevin Berne
Matt Mahurin
John English
Brad Holland
Marshall Arisman
Jack Unruh
Polly Becker
Henrik Drescher
George Pratt
David Ryan (See Albany Landfill)
Stewart Stanyard
Tom Gibbons
Amy Guip
Scott Hampton
Julia Colmenares
Katherine Streeter
Sherri Van Valkenburgh
John Van Fleet
Kim Frohsin
Julie Newdoll
Lane Smith
Larry Carroll
Brad Weinman
Barron Storey
Mark English
Sara Fanelli
Sue Coe

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Books for Sale

A new section of my site is up: Books for Sale.
They are $26.95 each plus shipping. Each copy includes an original drawing on the inside cover.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy 10 Years

Happy Anniversary to my sweet pea wife Julie.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More Drawings From 2002

A couple more drawings from 2002. One from Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro done while hanging out with George Pratt, and the other a doodle.

Drawings from 2002

Two more drawings from a 2002 sketchbook/journal. Gabriel asleep and multiple drawings of Gabriel with our pets.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sketchbook Comic

Looking through a sketchbook/journal from 2002 and found this pen and ink comic page I drew. Something out of my head and for fun.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Children's Book

I have just submitted my children's book project to Kickstarter and hope that they approve it so that I can get some funding.

I have written the story, and am working on the images. I have chosen to pursue two options for making the illustrations, as monotypes and with acrylics and watercolor. I am going to keep making images in both mediums and see where things go. Here is a preview of some of the work thus far.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another Web Section up on

I've uploaded the first of several illustration sections on my website, Please stop by and take a look.



Thursday, June 2, 2011

Website Up

The first section of my website redesign is now up. Please stop by and look around. I welcome any comments and feedback. Included here are links to the about page and home page. Thanks, Bill

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Illustration as Commentary

I have been thinking for the last few days about the recent wave of tornadoes to hit the country in the past few days and weeks and the role of illustration in commenting on such events.

When I look at the photos and hear and read the stories of the devastation and loss, I am struck by the fact that the photos themselves tell so much of the story that to simply repeat what they have done with paint and line seems somewhat, not pointless, but nearly that. I cannot think of the word right now. My first thought was that one should go to the place where the tornado has struck and report on it firsthand, getting to know the people there and tell their stories. But, with people needing real help, and not onlookers, this seems like the wrong thing to do on many counts. But, is it better to sit at home or in our studios and do what we so often end up doing, armchair reporting? As illustrators, we often sit at our studios and comment on things from a distance. Though not ideal, it does seem to be the situation we are in, with tight deadlines and the expectation that because we can deliver the work quickly via the internet, that we are expected to and that we should do so. Often, this results in illustrations that are rife with symbolic interpretations of events and both iconic in imagery and technique. I am not faulting anyone for this type of approach, and like a lot of work that uses one such as this, but it does seem overly prevalent in today's publications and websites.

I think that possibly, a better approach might be to take a longer view and try to tell one person's story over a period of time and learn as much as one can about the person's experience, and report on it. This might include actually helping out the person you are learning about, either with monetary help or with rebuilding what they have lost. I think what I am talking about is really partnering with the subjects of our illustrations and involving them in the storytelling process. I don't know, just some thoughts this morning.

If this is somewhat disjointed and not well written, I apologize. It is more of a brain dump than an essay or well thought out post. I am curious and interested in knowing what others think. I hope to hear from you.




Saturday, May 7, 2011

Upcoming Talk at Frank in Chapel Hill

On Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 pm I will be speaking at Frank Gallery at 109 East Franklin Street.

I'll be showing some of my monotypes and paintings and talking about how I stay involved in the creation of my work and answering questions related to some of the mental and physical processes around making ideas and observations into something tangible.

Contact Frank for further information.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Website Update Soon

I have been working on an update to my website, recently and am getting close to finishing it. The image below is a preview of what's to come. Contact me if you would like to see more images or for inquiries regarding commissions and assignments.