William F. Powell

William F. Powell is an internationally recognized artist and is recognized as one of America's foremost colorists. He is also known for his cloud and skyscape paintings. He is a native of Huntington, West Virginia.William studied at the Art Student's Career School in New York, Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. His work has been represented in major galleries and reproduced in the form of illustrations, prints and limited edition collector's plates. He has been professionally involved in fine art, commercial art and illustrating for more than 50 years. William also creates art and illustrations for a number of publishers.

William has written and illustrated 32+ instructional art books for Walter Foster Publishing and is the creator and author of the original "Color Recipe Cards". His experience as an instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil and pastel with subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes to still life, portraiture and wildlife.

He holds awards for the technical side of his art which has been used in major space and environmental programs. He created illustrations in many programs including man in space; space vehicle programs such as Atlas, Nike, Titan, Athena, Sidewinder, Minuteman, national defense and much more. "It was exciting work” states Bill. He joined the Aerospace Corporation art department in the San Bernardino Division in 1961 and eventually became the lead graphic artist, working directly with engineers, scientists, doctors and civilian professionals to create visual concepts of theoretical projects in the form of visual graphic illustrations of everything from space vehicles to three-dimensional models, many of which were presented to Congress for additional funding and program approval. His illustrations won several awards from TIMA (Technical Illustrators and Management Association). The Aerospace Corporation moved its facilities to Los Angeles in 1971, and he and his wife decided not to move with them. He had already written his first book and had invitations from several galleries.

Background sets for films, animated cartoons, model making for sets and animated films for computer mock-up programs and illustrations for environmental projects have all been a part of William's work.

Bill has retired from conducting workshops and producing instructional videos which employ unique methods of in-depth presentations and demonstrations concentrating on color mixing and painting techniques.

A large mural that William painted for the California Air National Guard in 1957 is on permanent display at the U.S. Air Force Museum at March Air Force Base, Riverside California.
Some galleries that have represented William as an ongoing gallery member:

Fisher Galleries, Palm Springs, California
Haggenmaker Galleries, Laguna Beach, California
Godfrey Gallery, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California
Addi Galleries, MGM Grand, Reno, Nevada
New Master's Gallery - Carmel, California
Kessler Galleries, San Diego, California
Thackery Gallery, San Diego, California
One of a Kind Gallery, San Bernardino, California
Wilson's Frame-Up, Riverside, California
Country Gallery, Vista, California
Happy Palette Gallery, Fallbrook, California
Also participated in two-artist showing in New York, NY

We hope you enjoy your tour of William F. Powell's studio.

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