Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1957, Bill grew up in a Dutch immigrant family and had an interest in the visual arts from an early age. Also an avid gardener and photographer Bill’s art takes much of his inspiration from nature.
Bill’s first foray into the arts was through the traditional craft of rughooking. He was a member of the Burlington Rug Hooking Guild for a number of years in the 1980’s and won awards for his work.
By the 1990’s life got busy with work and family and it wasn’t until about the year 2000 that he became seriously interested in photography. Bill has attended a number of workshops locally and in 2012 he joined Mark Hemmings for a week long street photography workshop in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. In 2015 he went on a nine day street photography workshop with Juris Kornets to Havana & Cuba where he really learned to hone his visual skills to compose photographs that are one of a kind and very compelling.
For the past five years Bill has been painting with a group of like minded artists at the Newmarket School of Fine Arts where he learned to paint in Acrylics.
In the last two years Bill began painting in oils and experienced an ‘aha’ moment when he realized how much he enjoyed the ability to more easily blend colours and get the nuances of the natural world expressed on canvas.
Bill also loves to work with paper and explore the world of collage and multimedia. He prints and makes many of his own unique papers and blends these with other media and ink transfers for one-of-a-kind artworks.
In 2015 Bill joined the Society Of York Region Artists and became active within the organization. Bill now co-ordinates the quarterly Aurora Town Hall rotation of artworks that SOYRA sponsors.