Bill has been a painter, designer and illustrator for over 40 years. As a staff artist at the San Francisco Chronicle, he illustrated news features and visual essays, including a weekly column “The Bay Folk Sketchbook,” in which he interviewed and drew portraits of 84 unique individuals in their workplaces. This experience taught him the value and passion workers bring to service. For TODO Magazine, he interviewed and drew cab drivers and for the online magazine Chow.com, he illustrated chefs creating simple food dishes. He has drawn Civil War reenactors, first responders, climate activists, winemakers, BDSM Satyrs and more.
“People recycle. As a visual journalist, I tell people’s stories through drawings and illustrated text. In conjunction with the Artist in Residence Program at Recology, the people that work for this organization — this diverse group of mechanics, drivers, collectors, managers, administrators, engineers and Recologists — will tell the story of recycling. They know the process, the technology, and the importance of recycling and sustainability for the local community and the world. The challenge for me is to provide informative and beautiful reportage that shares this narrative, which is delivered in a series of prints and in a book. I scavenge for stories. Found materials provide only a subtext.”
Residency: October 2010 - January 2011
Art Exhibition: Friday, January 21 & Saturday, January 22
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