Meet Bill Werle
Welcome friends. Today I’d like to introduce you to family man, outdoors man, social media guru, friend, angler and Artist, Bill Werle. Born and raised in Minnesota, Bill was instilled with a love and respect for nature. From childhood days spent in the BWCA with his father, Bill’s life journeyed him to the mountains and wilderness of the west; bringing to full circle his yearning to capture the beauty of nature on canvas and in photographs. Bill has been inspirited to share his artistry and passion for your personal endowment that in turn will also provide benefit to the non-profit organization Cancer Patient Care in Spokane. 10% of all Bill’s sales go to Cancer Patient Care in Spokane, WA. Truly a noble cause.
Bill, please give us a short introduction.
Hi there! My name is Bill Werle and I’m an artist based in Spokane, WA. Everything outdoors is my passion and expressing it via the canvas is my true love. Well, after my family of course.
At what point in your life did you realize that you would choose art as a career?
It was after my very first painting I ever did. I won an award at a state wide competition in high school. I had notebooks full of drawings and poems but I’d never been exposed to painting except via public television.
It was after that experience and the year of painting in that class that I knew I’d found my calling.
Are you a self-taught artist or did you have formal training?
I’m self-taught. Part of the award was a partial scholarship to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For various reasons I never was able to take advantage of it and continued to just work at it myself.
What inspires you?
Nature primarily. The colors, shapes and forms of all nature and how it all seamlessly (for the most part) flows together. A mountain hillside ablaze in fall color, a moose and her calf half submerged in a pond or the sound of silence as a blizzard engulfs you as you fish a high mountain lake.
Human feelings is another. We all have a private internal dialogue within ourselves. It’s that self-talk I like to try and tap into and express visually. I also want to try and bring some sort of inspiration or hope if you will to those whose self-talk is maybe not the best.
Who or what influences your work?
Stephen Lyman is probably my biggest influence. He lived his art and his paintings reflected that. The John Muir of our time, his love of nature was truly reflected in his work.
Robert Bateman would be the another big influence. I love his large, highly detailed work. I’ve been primarily a realistic styled painter and Bateman’s work just excites me. His work has that “wow” factor for me personally.
What projects are you currently working on?
I was contacted by a local winery here in Spokane to do a series of wine, women and music paintings for the month of November. It’s outside my normal subject matter but I had to say yes to the project! Pushing our limits and exploring outside the box I believe makes us better as artists. So far the feedback has been very positive.
Do you do commission work? If so, how can we contact you?
I do, you can email me at email@example.com, send me a message via the form on my website at http://billwerlefineart.com or you can certainly give me a call. The number is posted on my site as well.
How can we find you on the web?
Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like to share with our readers?
Just one more thing, especially for those younger who may be considering art as a career. If that’s your love and your passion, do it. Don’t let any one tell you it’s a dead end or it’s not a “real job” or any of the other reasons why they think you shouldn’t do it. Just do it.
Bill that is great advise! I thoroughly enjoyed talking with you today and getting to know you better.
Readers please check out Bill’s website and social media pages. His work is something really worth seeing.
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Have a great day everyone!