a native of Drew, Mississippi, attended Ringling School of Art and Design.
was elected to be a member of the United States Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights, where he became a world champion.
a perfectionist in his art…leaving an unquestioned legacy in his impressions of the Delta swamps.
“Bill’s paintings stop people in their tracks, captivated by the Mississippi river swamps and cypress trees. People think even the very large canvasses are photographs because Bill paints with such detail. He’s a young, emerging artist, with a lot of untapped talent in him. I feel sure he’ll be a force in Mississippi art for years to come.”
— Joel Brown, co-owner of Brown’s Fine Art & Framing in Jackson, Miss.
“I fell in love with Bill’s cypress swamp paintings several years ago when we first moved to Mississippi. They capture the otherworldly, almost prehistoric character of Southeastern cypress swamps so perfectly. I particularly love the realism of these paintings and Bill’s use of color. The reflection on the water, the moss on the trees, the twigs poking through the surface; all is captured in exquisite detail. These paintings have great depth and contrast, creating moody, almost forbidding scenes. My husband and I are fortunate to own two of the cypress swamp series and they are prominently displayed in our home, where we enjoy them daily. “
“I had the luxury of being in and out of Bill’s studio, where I was able to watch as he transformed a blank canvas into a rich landscape. Bill layers color to create a sense of depth and light. He takes a non-traditional point of view in his approach to depicting natural settings, which helps to immerse the viewer in that place. His works are meticulous and precise, and his attention to detail creates the lush, realistic landscapes that give me the feeling of familiarity. The more you look at one of Bill’s works, the more you see — the work is always revealing something new. I have one Jackson painting in my growing collection and hope to have another one of his works in the future.”
— Bliss Massey, an artist who influenced and supported Bill as he developed his art in Florida.