About the Artist
 
 
 
 

Bill Perry lives and paints these days in Harmony, Pennsylvania; a small rural community that is fast becoming a suburb of Pittsburgh. Retired from public school teaching, he has returned to painting in earnest.

"I find my inspiration in the nearby countryside where I roam with my always present digital camera, looking for things that have been transformed by some special quality of light. This fascination with light and color is what distinguishes my most recent paintings."

   
 
 
  "I love the immediacy of the watercolor medium and although my finished works lack the looseness that is so often associated with watercolors, they do represent for me a freshness and spontaneity that I could never achieve with my oils."  
 
 
  A Short Biography

As far back as I can remember I was interested in drawing and making things with my hands. My first recognition as a painter came while still in school when I won a First Place ribbon in the ALLIED ARTISTS annual Children’s Exhibit. The year was 1957.

In high school I received a scholarship to study painting at THE ARTISTS LEAGUE OF LIGONIER VALLEY in Rector, PA, and when I graduated from high school my teachers wanted me to go on to New York to continue my studies. But this was out of the question, as my family was much too practical to contemplate art as a career. They felt that one must have a marketable skill, and it was decided that I would become a teacher.

I earned a B.S. in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and continued to paint, mostly in oils, throughout my undergraduate days. My first teaching assignment was in Aliquippa, and I loved it. I had so much more freedom than my colleagues in deciding my curriculum, and as a result, teaching was always challenging and exciting.

A wife and four children soon followed, and like so many others have found, my painting took a back-seat to the expediencies of earning a living and being a husband and father. In 1978 I gave away my oil paints and took up a medium that was “quicker”; at least this was how I viewed watercolors at first. I soon realized that the transfer from oils to watercolors was not going to be the simple matter I had envisioned. Watercolors, unlike oils, behave in very unpredictable ways. No matter how much I studied the work of others, capturing the qualities I admired in them was another thing all together. But I persisted, and eventually I was able to gain some control of this difficult medium. I entered my paintings in local shows and received a little recognition for my efforts. But when I view these earlier paintings today, I see little of my current direction in watercolor.

As my kids went off to college my painting activities ground to a standstill. In 1998 I retired from public school teaching and once again turned my attention to watercolors. Painting is, for me, an ongoing process. I have conducted workshops recently with the Indiana Arts Association. Currently, I am conducting a series of workshops with the Tarentum Art Association. This leaves me plenty of time to roam the countryside looking for those moments when the light's just right and the familiar becomes something very special to capture with paint.

 
 
 
  A Final Note

I paint for me. I am compelled by a desire to make permanent those moments which stir my soul, and with each painting the challenge is to capture a specific moment in time. As a result, I have decided that I will not make prints of my work. When one of my paintings strikes a resonance with you and you decide to make a purchase, rest assured that the connection between you, me, and that moment will always remain a very personal one.
 
 
 
 

Awards
*Attained Signature Standing by the National Watercolor Society

2013 AQUEOUS OPEN -- PEOPLE’S CHOICE
2013 SAXONBURG SHOW-- FIRST PLACE
2013 AABC NATURE & WILDLIFE--FIRST PLACE
2013 AABC FACULTY SHOW--BEST OF SHOW
2013 32ND ADIRONDACKS NATIONAL --DOROTHEA AND ALBERT GORDON MEMORIAL AWARD
2013 PENNSYLVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY--BLICK MERCHANDISE AWARD
2013 TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR SOCIETY-- FRANK NASH MEMORIAL AWARD
2012 BALTIMORE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY --ANNAPOLIS WATERCOLOR AWARD
2012 PENNSYLVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY--THIRD PLACE
2012 TAG 48TH ANNUAL --MERIT AWARD
2012 CTCC CRANBERRY SHOW --FIRST PLACE
2012 AABC FACULTY SHOW -- FIRST PLACE
2012 ADIRONDACK NATIONAL -- CASH AWARD
2012 AABC SPRING SHOW -- FIRST PLACE
2012 INDIANA SPRING SHOW -- FIRST PLACE
2011 BALTIMORE WATERCOLOR SOCIETY DISTINGUISED AWARD
2011 TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOR SOCIETY OF AMERICA VIVIAN CHEVILLON MEMORIAL AWARD
2011 MISSOURI WATERCOLOR NATIONAL DISTINGUISED AWARD
2011 ADIRONDACKS NATIONAL HONORABLE MENTION
2011 HOYT REGIONAL MERIT AWARD
2011 PITTSBURGH WATERWORKS SHOW HONORABLE MENTION
2011 INDIANA SPRING SHOW FOUNDERS AWARD
2011 ELLWOOD CITY SHOW BEST OF SHOW
2010 TRUMBULL ART GALLERY SECOND PLACE
2010 HEMPFIELD INVITATIONAL PURCHASE AWARD
2010 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER COUNTY HOT JAZZ SHOW FIRST PLACE
2010 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER COUNTY SPRING SHOW BEST OF SHOW
2010 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER COUNTY NATURE AND WILDLIFE BEST OF SHOW
2010 PENNSYLVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY SYLVAN GROUSE AWARD AND SECOND PLACE
2010 HOYT SEVENTY-THIRD MERIT AWARD
2010 PITTSBURGH WATERWORKS SHOW MERIT AWARD
2010 INDIANA ART ASSOCIATION SPRING SHOW FIRST PLACE
2010 ELLWOOD CITY SHOW MERIT AWARD
2009 GREENSBURG ART SHOW PURCHASE AWARD
2009 UNIONTOWN ART SHOW HONORABLE MENTION
2009 INDIANA SPRING SHOW FIRST PLACE
2009 TRUMBULL ART GALLERY BEST OF SHOW
2009 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER COUNTY NATURE AND WILDLIFE FIRST PLACE
2008 AABC GRAPHICA FIRST PLACE
2008 UNIONTOWN SPRING SHOW AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
2008 27TH ADIRONDACKS HERRON REALITY AWARD
2008 INDIANA ART ASSCOCIATION SPRING SHOW 2ND PLACE
2008 NORTH HILLS SPRING SHOW HONORABLE MENTION
2008 AABC SPRING SHOW FIRST PLACE
2007 SOUTHERN ALLEGHENIES MUSEUM OF ART PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD
2007 12TH ANNUAL SAMA SHOW FOURTH PLACE
2007 AQUEOUS HONORABLE MENTION
2007 MONROEVILLE ARTS COUNCIL JUROR'S AWARD
2007 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS BUTLER SPRING SHOW FIRST PLACE
2007 ART WITH HEART, CABOT PA FIRST PLACE
2007 BARNSITE STUDIO & GALLERY, WISCONSIN BEST OF SHOW
2007 INDIANA ART ASSOCIATION SPRING SHOW SECOND PLACE
2007 HOYT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION SALEM, OHIO BEST OF SHOW
2007 SAXONBURG SHOW 2ND PLACE
2006 FIRST PLACE, SAXONBURG
2006 MERIT AWARD ELWOOD CITY ARTS FESTIVAL
2006 HOYT REGIONAL JURIED IN
2006 HOYT MID ATLANTIC JURIED IN
2006 TRUMBULL GALLERY WARREN, OHIO SPRING SHOW - BEST IN SHOW
2006 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER 1ST PLACE
2006 ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER 2ND PLACE
2006 PA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY SHOW JURIED IN
2005 ARIZONA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, MERIT AWARD
2005 TRUMBULL GALLERY SHOW, HONORABLE MENTION
2005 HISTORY THROUGH ART SHOW, MERIT AWARD
2005 NATIONAL WATERCOLORS MEMBERS SHOW, HONORABLE MENTION
2005 BUTLER SPRING SHOW, FIRST PLACE
2005 SAXONBURG SHOW, SECOND PLACE
2005 CRANBERRY SHOW, HONORABLE MENTION
2005 INDIANA ART SHOW, INDIANA ART ASSOCIATION AWARD
2005 ATTAINED SIGNATURE STATUS IN PENNSYLVANIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
2004 MERIT AWARD HOT REGIONAL JURIED SHOW
2004 BLACK & WHITE JURIED SHOW ARTISTS UNLIMITED TAMPA, FLORIDA
2004 FIRST PLACE WATERCOLORS ASSOC. ARTISTS OF BUTLER CO. SPRING SHOW
2004 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE WEST OVERTON HISTORY THROUGH ART JURIED SHOW
2004 MERIT AWARD HOYT REGIONAL SHOW
2004 BEST OF SHOW ELLWOOD CITY ARTS FESTIVAL JURIED SHOW
2003 3RD PLACE ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF BUTLER COUNTY SPRING SHOW
2003 BEST OF SHOW ELWOOD CITY ARTS FESTIVAL JURIED SHOW
2003 HONORABLE MENTION 1ST ANNUAL WESTMINISTER COLLEGE JURIED SHOW
2003 MERIT AWARD NEW WILMINGTON ARTS FESTIVAL
2003 MERIT AWARD HOYT MID ATLANTIC JURIED SHOW
2003 FIRST PLACE WATERCOLORS SAXONBURG ART FESTIVAL
2002 BEST OF SHOW KENNERDALE ARTS FESTIVAL
2002 1ST PLACE KENNERDALE ARTS FESTIVAL
2002 HARRY HICKMAN MEMORIAL AWARD KENNERDALE ARTS FESTIVAL
2002 OSBORNE GALLERY AWARD SAXONBURG ART FESTIVAL
1982 1ST PLACE KENNERDALE ARTS FESTIVAL
1980 1ST PLACE FREEPORT AREA ART EXHIBIT
1980 HONORABLE MENTION FREEPORT AREA ART EXHIBIT
1980 2ND PLACE KENNERDALE ARTS FESTIVAL
1979 2ND PLACE FREEPORT AREA ART EXHIBIT
1979 BEST OF SHOW RICHLAND COUNTRY ART SHOW
1979 1ST PLACE RICHLAND COUNTRY ART SHOW
1979 HONORABLE MENTION RICHLAND COUNTRY ART SHOW
1979 HONORABLE MENTION RICHLAND COUNTRY ART SHOW
1979 1 JURIED PIECE SELECTED AQUEOUS OPEN
1978 HONORABLE MENTION FREEPORT AREA ART EXHIBIT
1978 HONORABLE MENTION RICHLAND COUNTRY ART SHOW
1978 MARION B. LYKE MEMORIAL AWARD RICHLAND COUNTRY ART SHOW
1975 1ST PLACE WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR
1975 1ST PLACE BUTLER COUNTY FAIR
1975 2ND PLACE FAYETTE COUNTY FAIR
1964 2ND PLACE ALIQUIPPA SPRING ART FESTIVAL
1963 HONORABLE MENTION ALIQUIPPA SPRING ART FESTIVAL
1959 1ST PLACE CAMBRIA COUNTY FAIR
1959 HONORABLE MENTION JOHNSTOWN ALLIED ARTISTS
1958 HONORABLE MENTION 1st YEAR CANDIDATE, JOHNSTOWN ALLIED ARTISTS

 
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