Never a spectator, Bill’s life has always been one of a participant in creative and physical ways. Thanks to his mother, it all began when he was very young. She would often shut off the Saturday morning cartoons and encourage Bill and his sister to design their own exotic worlds from colorful modeling clay. Soon he eagerly assisted in many projects uncommon for his age. Bill’s father and his best friend were visually impaired, but undertook and completed many challenging projects. To participate Bill learned to observe and listen well.
From Bill’s early teens into his mid 30’s employment veered from the industrial arts into sales and management, then back to the arts several times. From age 35 to 45 all of his skills and experiences were harnessed as a landscape designer and contractor. Bill enjoyed working with the textures, colors and contrast of the desert. After a five year hiatus he decided to focus on the wood and metal accents used in landscapes, eventually concentrating on the large steel botanical subjects seen on this website. Bill’s work has evolved and is refined enough to be chosen equally by his patrons for the interior in its present condition or placed outdoors and allowed to patina.
His designs are developed by studying photographs, specimens and illustrations. Individual parts of each sculpture are plasma cut from a sheet of steel and prepared. Without heat, Bill shrinks, stretches and pushes the steel free hand with many unique hand and motorized tools to the desired form. Everything is welded or bolted together along with solid or tubular parts to compose the final work. He employs no interns, assistants or subcontractors. It is Bill’s exclusive pleasure to create and present his work to you. If you have any questions there is a blue “contact” area to click below.
Currently Phoenix Gallery has an inventory of Bill’s work in Kansas City MO and Lawrence KS. www.phoenixgalleryart.com