The Art of Healing Video William grew up in the rural town of Swartz Creek, Michigan where he became inspired by the Midwestern farming way of life. He graduated high school in the early 1980’s with honors in art and drafting. He then attended and graduated ITT Technical Institute, Fort Wayne, Indiana with an associate’s degree in Architectural drafting and engineering.
William moved to Massachusetts in the late 80’s to continue his work in architecture and by 1993 was enlisting in the United States Army. In 1997 William moved to Washington State with the military and continued his artwork. His first public showing came in 1999 at a small country fair. The following two years he also showed publicly at the Western and Wildlife art show in Washington.
By 2002 William moved back to Massachusetts and was attached to an Army Reserve unit based in Devon’s, Ma. William spent an accumulative fifteen years in the military with one tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was severely injured by an I.E.D. (improvised exploding device) in Iraq during his tour in 2006. He was sent to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas where he underwent multiple surgeries and years of rehabilitation.
In 2008 William received commission for a nineteen foot steel sculpture entitled “Hope” which became a permanent fixture at the Warrior Family Support Center on Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In 2010 he was commissioned for the annual United Way poster and a challenge coin for USAA 2011-2012. USAA also commissioned William to draw a thirteen foot mural entitled “Eagle Pass” which now resides in their collection. William then was commissioned to design and build his second steel sculpture by the Fisher House Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. This sculpture entitled “Integro” now resides at the Boston Fisher House in their outdoor healing garden. William has several pieces of his personal art that he will complete in the winter of 2012 and then return to another commission in San Antonio by the summer of 2013. William also has been named the recipient of the 2013 Lantern Award given by the Knights of Columbus, Massachusetts Jurisdiction.
January 16, 2014
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