Hometown: Holland, OH
Discipline: Mixed Media
Bill Watkins first discovered his artistic side from the desire to be an active participant during charity painting events. He has been painting automobiles professionally for almost forty years, and has been using these learned skills to create some very unique pieces of art. At art shows, other artists and patrons alike are always remarking how they’ve never seen anything quite like his art. He loves being asked how he creates his pieces: he has worked hard at this artform for several years now, and is quite proud of his presentation. Bill’s art has re-directed his life and taken him on a fascinating journey that continues to unfold.
He uses primarily aluminum in his work. He grinds and etches the surface of the bright metal to create textures and designs. Then he hand-paints over these with translucent candy paint finishes. This creates very vibrant colors on the metal but also allows the etchings to be seen. Picking up light, these pieces have the capability to have motion and change colors with natural or man-made lighting changes. The pieces are then finished off with a very glass-like smooth, protective clearcoat.