Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. --Leonardo da Vinci

 

Will was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in the summer of 1968. His father was a Medical Laboratory Scientist and his mother a Nurse. He is the first born with two brothers and a sister.

Though not formally trained in fine art, Will has worked in the advertising industry, as a creative director for 20 years.

A lot of Will's work is centred around identity -- spiritual, cultural and otherwise. He rarely starts a painting without first having a concept and story to tell. Each painting evolves from there.

"For as long as I can remember I had a pencil in my hand. I loved sketching from an early age and would develop my own comic books, complete with stories. I then took art classes through school and finally progressed into Oils, thanks to the encouragement and private tutelage of an esteemed artist based in Greytown, New Zealand. (I used to work in Wellington advertising agencies and would commute from our home in Greytown.)

"Since moving back to the north I have been largely self-taught. I have a ferocious appetite for art books and DVDs and the Internet has some incredible resources for artists. The tools of my trade are professional grade artist oil paints and mediums, and I paint on canvas, linen and board with my growing collection of favourite brushes.

"I have no single defined style. This stage of my art journey is definitely without limitations. But no matter what I paint, or what approach I use, I try to capture the energy or essence of each subject I am painting; something rarely captured by photography", said Will.

Will's paintings are in private and investment collections throughout New Zealand and abroad. He is married to Marion (15 years to date) and they have a very artistic 12-year old daughter, Grace. They live in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.

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