WILLIAM R. WALSH
William R. Walsh
An early interest in drawing and ships led
to my studying naval architecture and shipping management at M.I.T. in the
mid 1950's. I then entered the oil business via the tanker department of
Standard Vacuum Oil Company and, subsequently, Mobil Oil. I did pen and
ink work into the early 1970's primarily marine subjects - and during my
first overseas assignment with Mobil in London was fortunate to exhibit
twice with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at London's Guildhall.
Business and family edged out time for art, however, and that spark
languished until my retirement from Mobil in 1996.
I took up watercolor painting and have been enjoying it immensely ever
since. It is a very interesting yet complex medium. There are many
different ways it can be employed.
While living in Vermont I have
been particularly interested in the vessels connected with the maritime
activities on Lake Champlain, especially the naval engagements of the
Revolution and the War of 1812. Three of my paintings are in the Lake
Champlain Maritime Museum's display on the revolution and an additional
two relating to the War of 1812.
I am a representational painter
and fairly eclectic in my interests as to period and type of vessel.
Historical sailing vessels of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth
centuries, whether real ones or the interesting ones of popular fiction,
are particular favorites, however; the so-called age of fighting sail.
I have had work exhibited in numerous juried and non-juried shows in
Vermont and Connecticut and in galleries in both states as well as
restaurants and other locations and some one-man shows, most recently in
the Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington in the summer of 2004.
Recent awards include the award of Technical Excellence at the 2004 marine
art show of the Stamford Art Association. I am listed in Denys Brook
Hart's 20th Century British Marine Painting, published by the
Antique Collectors Club.
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