Bill has drawn or painted for fun for most of his life but has sold his work only since he retired and moved with his wife Helen from the Maryland suburbs of Washington to Stowe in 1994. He was born and raised in Michigan, earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan, and served as an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency for 34 years.
Bill worked primarily with ink, using a technical pen, before turning to watercolor several years ago. He still sometimes incorporates ink into his watercolor paintings. He is primarily self taught although he has studied portraiture, figure drawing, and watercolor techniques with instructors in northern Virginia as well as with Lisa Beach in Stowe. He credits his two years studying architecture at the University of Michigan with his preference for rendering buildings rather than landscapes.
He has exhibited and sold his work at galleries and businesses throughout north-central Vermont as well as in Montreal. He sold his paintings at Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe for many years. He has created watercolor paintings of houses and businesses for clients in the Stowe area and donated his services as part of the Helen Day Art Center's annual fundraisers and house tours. His drawings have graced the menu covers of Stowe restaurants. He exhibited at For Arts' Sake for many years and won the Award of Excellence three times.
Bill showed his drawings and paintings as part of the Bryan's 2009 show "Fine Lines", an invitational exhibition of eight artists who specialize in detailed works. His paintings have also been shown as part of the Bryan's Legacy Collection.