local artists on vancouver island
William's mother (Frances Harris) continues to be an inspiration and her love of the B.C. landscape is, I hope, sometimes reflected in my work. Born in Banff Alberta, grew up in Surrey B.C. William became a student at the Kootenay School of Art and graduated with a BFA from Notre Dame University of Nelson in 1976. "I have explored various art avenues such as printmaking, photography, screen printing and drawing but became more focused on landscape painting with acrylics in the last ten years.
I try to express a straight forward visual language in my paintings, shortcutting to an emotional response. This is an ongoing process building on the usual experimentation of substrates, colour, texture, composition and subject matter to strike that chord we can relate to. It’s never ending and ever changing."