Born in Alleghany County, Virginia 37 years ago, William has pursued his passion for art since he discovered his mother’s drawing books and pastels at age 5. In high school, William was more interested in his artwork than his other studies. Recognizing his talent, the school placed him in their Professional and Advanced Placement Art Program. Following his military service in Korea, he used the GI bill to continue his studies at The Art Institute of Pittsburg’s Digital Design and Typography Program.
William is inspired by the beauty of the Rich Patch Area of Alleghany County where he grew up as well as by the work of Impressionist artists. He has sold over 200 works of art including micro-paintings, ink illustrations, oil paintings, sculptures and impasto oil paintings.
William sells his art at art festivals and online on Instagram by searching for random_appalachian_artist. He has been the featured artist in local art shows at The Dirt Bean Gallery in Marlinton, West Virginia and at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke, VA.
Each artist contributes 20% of their art sales to the 1000 Hills Art Project. We greatly appreciate their giving and Land of a Thousand Hills is honored to support our local art community.
Our pottery coffee mugs are created by Maria Arellano, Marcus Fether,and Rebecca McKeever and may also be purchased at Daleville Land of a Thousand Hills.