I was born an artist.
In kindergarten I demonstrated thinking outside of the box by painting a six foot rabbit over four pieces of paper. By the end of public school, my tempera color paintings won local county awards and I was a finalist in the New York City wide exhibit in 1963. In Junior High School I was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1966 to fine tune my oil painting I learned from my father. At Union College, Schenectady, NY I studied under Yale trained artist Arnold Bittleman of Cambridge, NY. After moving to the Adirondacks, I studied watercolor painting with John Gallucci, AWS of Glens Falls, NY.
Early in life I painted in oil, switched to pencil drawing, then to watercolor and now I concentrate on water mixable oils. I blend the loose technique of watercolor with an impressionistic style I learned from my father with an influence of the sixties thrown in.
The themes vary from my local âcityâ scenes and the surrounding Adirondack âenvironsâ. In the last year, I have revisited a surrealistic style I did in the 60s and now I have chosen spiritual themed paintings based on works of late eighteen hundreds French artists.
I established the Enjoy Life Corporation in 2008 to help clean up an old quarry on the east end of Glens Falls and create a spiritual retreat. The proceeds of the sale of my artwork will be used to continue this life work of healing the earth. My studio is in the old scale house on that property.
Bill Brender, MD