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.

Upon retirement 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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