Bill Crosby is a painter and a photographer as well as a retired Professor of Art, having taught for over 35 years at the Plattsburgh campus of the State University of New York. He and his wife live in an old stone house in the north country that they rebuilt where they created an environment to raise a family. They also spend time at a tidewater camp in Maine. Over the years the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain, the Maine Coast, the New England mountains, the Atlantic coastline, and Alaska have become primary locations for his photography and painting.
After studying architecture at Cornell University, Bill transferred to the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design with a concentration in photography and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in painting.
Bill’s paintings are in many private collections and in the public collections of the New York State Museum in Albany, the Wyeth Laboratories, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, in various offices of Bank of America, and in the art collection of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
In 2001, Crosby’s work was reviewed in the winter issue of Watercolor Magazine. Although he works in acrylics, Crosby often uses watercolor techniques allowing for a very fluid and transparent quality to his work, even on his more-developed compositions. His paintings, most often based on recollected experiences, are in fact textured combinations of techniques so that his acrylics sometimes resemble watercolor and sometimes resemble oil paintings. “He particularly likes light to impart an aura of changing atmosphere in his work,” says Catherine Noonan of Watercolor Magazine. In 2010 Bill’s paintings were in American Art Collector’s April issue featuring an exhibits at the Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC.
“My paintings are a confluence of abstraction and realism evolving from the natural landscape. I am inspired by natural landforms, waters’ edges and changing atmospheric and seasonal conditions. Elements of sky, water, rocks, trees and earth are evident the compositions.”