ABOUT WILLIAM

William is available for commissioned portraits in charcoal (vignettes and also more extensive
drawings) and in oil. The subject must be available to sit for his or her portrait and will be able to watch the image develop through multiple sittings.

Teaching Assistantship, 2018-present
CHARLES CECIL STUDIOS Florence, Italy
Teach charcoal and pencil drawing and oil painting to first, second, and third year students, first using plaster casts and later live models, for this private atelier. Will continue to serve as an instructor for one ten-week term per year beginning in 2020-2021.

EDUCATION

CHARLES CECIL STUDIOS, 2015-2020
Florence, Italy
Trained with Charles Cecil for five years, drawing and painting the human figure using the sight-size method. This type of training – painting from life to the scale of life – facilitates observation and reflection and strives to emulate the technique of great artists such as Velázquez and Sargent. Portraits are rendered without recourse to photography or artificial lighting. Repeatedly viewing the subject and its representation at a distance, the artist moves forward to add or make adjustments to the paper or canvas and then back for the desired perspective. The portraits, as a consequence, at close range border on impressionistic but gain clarity and strength when viewed from afar, ultimately baring a strong likeness to the models themselves.

MATHEW JAMES COLLINS ATELIER, 2016-2020
Florence, Italy
Learned to sculpt and cast busts in plaster, terracotta, and bronze one day a week for 20 weeks each year.

COLORADO COLLEGE, 2011-2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado
B.A., Psychology major, Studio Art minor

SLOSS FURNACE SUMMER YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP, Summer 2010
Birmingham, Alabama
Cast and fabricated metal sculptures in iron (welding, forging, mould making and casting) to construct large and small scale pieces.