Arran Summer Sunset
William was born in 1952 in Fife and moved to Ayrshire in 1966. After attending Carrick Academy in Maybole he studied art at Jacob Kramer School of Art in Leeds and graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic. After leaving further education his career included several years as a graphic designer with Central Television in the Midlands where, amongst other varied assignments, he was responsible for all artwork on three series of the award winning 'Spitting Image'. This was followed by seven years running his own graphic design consultancy in Glasgow before he finally realised his life long ambition to paint for a living.
Since setting up his Ayrshire studio in 1996, William has exhibited regularly at numerous galleries and joint exhibitions including the Royal Glasgow Institute and Paisley Art Institute and has held solo exhibitions at the Maclaurin Art Gallery in Ayr, the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock and The Untitled Gallery in Hampstead, London.
He has carried out many private and corporate commissions, including work for Motherwell Bridge, the new National Museum of Scotland, Historic Scotland, Reader's Digest and the Forestry Commission, and his work is held in collections as far afield as the USA and Australia. His paintings and drawings have also been published as fine art prints and greeting cards by international publishers; and some of his work featuring black and white musical instruments was bought by the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
The west coast of Scotland, with its ever changing sea and sky, is a great source of inspiration for William and his original work and prints can be seen in numerous galleries throughout Scotland and the north of England.