What do comic books, the Beatles, Rat Fink, and a nun have in common? They were all early inspirations in the evolution of the painting career of Fine Line instructor, Bill Worchester.
Bill got his start in the two-dimensional art world as a youngster, making drawings that he copied from comic books. By middle school, his skills were good enough that he found himself selling hand-drawn portraits of the Beatles and Rat Fink to his fellow students.
The painting seed was later planted during a chance encounter with a nun doing oil painting demos at his local library. He had a heart-to-heart conversation with her about life, painting, and art, and she ultimately decided to paint his portrait. However, it wasn’t until after he took a painting course on a whim in college that he decided a degree in art might be more fun (and far less depressing) than one in philosophy.
Bill can certainly call himself an artist after a thirty-five-year career in advertising, graphic design and illustration—twenty-five of those years were spent managing a graphic design department for a major Chicago corporation. It is only within the last fifteen years he has allowed himself to be called a “professional artist” and painter, after considering himself an amateur for forty-seven years.
He describes his current body of work as being a combination of everything that he's learned up to this point. He's not beholden to one particular style, and is heavily influenced by nature--he often uses it as a starting point from which he lets his imagination take over.
Bill came to Fine Line after he was featured in a one-man show in the Fermi Lab Gallery. He did a painting demo for art students from Geneva High School and a few other attendees who thought he would be a good teacher. Someone recommended Fine Line who had no oil or landscape painting instructors at the time and, as they say, the rest is history.
Bill believes that you can paint if you truly have the desire to paint. He wants his students to "relax and have fun, it's not brain surgery."
You can see more of Bill's work on his website at www.williamworchester.com, or visit the Proud Fox gallery in downtown Geneva to see original oils and acrylics.
Bill's classes this session:
Painting Landscapes with Light and Color