Bill's childhood was filled with outdoor adventures in nature. He always had a dog at his side
as he explored his parent's property and his neighborhood, dragging home the "treasures"
they had found. The pond, the "crick", the tree fort, the chicken house and the woods
were his favorite haunts. This became the school where the artist formed. Here his love of wood,
his gift of art, his passion for recycling and his addiction to collecting were perfectly united.
These elements form the foundation for everything that Bill creates.
Bill's strong work ethic led him to accept summer employment with his grandfather's painting
company at the age of fourteen. He kept this up all of the way through High School and Art
School. At the time of his grandfather's passing, Bill had so many established customers who
trusted him, that he felt the most responsible thing to do would be to carry on with his
grandfather's business. His art continued playing a minor role in his life, though the visions
After twenty-five years of being a successful private businessman, Bill had to face the
prospect of surgery or a career change due to an over use injury in his shoulder. This
situation was the necessary catalyst that allowed him to pull away from a "good living"
without forsaking his principles of responsibility and loyalty.
In 1998 Bill's life-long art "hobby" became the main focus of his time and energy.
His dedication to a "good living" led him to focus on functional art, and his passion
for wood helped him choose a preferred medium. With the genuine support and energetic labor of
family and friends, Bill launched Wall Furnishings. As customers and patrons increased, Bill's
growing confidence allowed him to bring to life what he saw in his mind and often sketched on
paper. His years of contracting became invaluable as they empowered him to take his sketches
from the paper to a professionally finished product.
Bill has a strong faith in God. He considers it a privilege to work outside in God's creation
with his dogs and chickens at his feet. He sees his own faith metaphorically represented in his
art. As he takes discarded matter and, with excitement and hope, painstakingly creates something
beautiful with value and purpose, he feels this symbolically represents God's love for humankind.
Bill continues to enjoy the pleasures of his childhood, and it can be debated whether or not his
childhood is over! He still has a dog at his side as he explores neighborhood properties, only
now it is in response to the people who answer his "looking for old wood" ads. The
property where he and his wife Joanne reside has two "cricks", and a chicken house/hotel.
The tree fort is coming (Caleb and Niall, Bill still has the drawing). Two acres form his outdoor
studio where the foundational elements, his love of wood, his gift of art, his passion for recycling
and his addiction to collecting come together. These can all be clearly traced in every one-of-a-kind
and limited edition piece. Bill mixes his in-depth knowledge of the newest and best chemical
treatments and techniques with years of woodworking. His projects are strong and sturdy with
amazing color and texture. He does not stop until he is satisfied.