As one of six children, Bill grew up in the foothills of East Tennessee. At about 14 years of age, he began to take up wood carving and could often be found creating small carvings from the plentiful cedar wood on the family farm. His parents encouraged his artistic tendencies and over the years, this fascination has continued to develop into a true passion for creating art. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. It was there that he discovered sculpting in clay and became fascinated with the whole process of creating sculptural forms. In the late 1990’s, he discovered stone sculpting and he was hooked! He relishes the tremendous effort that is necessary to coax the beauty from a material that has such inherent resistance to change. Since then, he has had the opportunity to study stone sculpting under Atlanta area sculptors, William Sunderland, Fernando D'Astoli and Jane Jaskevich and gleaned much artistic and technical knowledge from each.
Bill currently resides in East Tennessee with his wife Kelley and their three children who inspire him greatly. He endeavors to impart this inspiration into his work and eagerly looks forward to continuing his journey to create beautiful and meaningful art. With each piece, he aspires to learn something new while expanding his ability to express himself and the world around him.
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