William Marvin

Essentially I am representational painter, with a real appreciation for the design aspects of abstract art.  By emphasizing strong shape relationships and connecting bands of textural color, I am able to paint the natural world in two dimensional patterns while striving to create interesting three dimensional compositions.  Andrew Wyeth, a realist who has influenced my work, painted very abstract watercolors that helped him explore the possibilities for unusual compositions.  Like him, I value the drama of a strong composition, solid drawing, complex textures, and sumptuous, rich color while attempting to ground the painting’s design in essential, free form shapes.  Past Masters who have shaped my artistic direction are: Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, Richard Diebenkorn, and the California impressionists. Richard Schmid is a contemporary painter whose instruction has contributed greatly to my ability to capture the light, intimacy, and subtle textures of the hidden landscapes.
I have found painting landscapes in the field to be an adventure of the mind, spirit, and body. It is a personal record of a distinct moment in time that captures an emotional response to a physical reality. Nature is exciting, unforgiving, yet always spiritually rewarding. I am grateful to be able to share this natural beauty with fellow wanderers hoping to discover those special moments.
Evening Flight
oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches
Majesty in the Meadow, 2022
oil on canvas
20 x 20 inches
Someone's Coming
oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Endless Wonder
oil on canvas
10 x 20 inches

William Marvin is privileged to be able to capture the ever changing moods of nature, out in the open, fresh and unspoiled. These special moments have been saved by a man who has lived his whole life with one eye on the great outdoors. His childhood was spent in Omro a small town along the winding Fox River in Central Wisconsin. Living in a small town environment helped him develop strong Midwestern values and an appreciation for a lifestyle connected to the land. Like Tom Sawyer, he took every chance to explore the rivers, woods, and open fields of the surrounding countryside.

The family moved to California and there he fell in love with the Western landscape on many backpacking trips throughout Oregon, Washington, and Yosemite National Park in California.

Bill attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena taking extensive courses in design, drawing, painting, and advertising illustration. Upon graduating with honors in 1974, he came to Chicago to begin a challenging career as a graphic designer. Telling a story with strong shapes and rich color has been a consistent theme in his graphics and paintings. After a successful career that included illustrating children’s books, magazine publishing, and designing annual reports he returned to his first love, painting the outdoors.

Bill started showing his landscapes in 1996 and immediately began to draw attention from collectors. Success in several Regional Invitationals helped develop the confidence to enter National competitions. In 1999 he was asked to become Vice President of Oil Painters of America and remained in that position for two years. He has painted extensively on the East coast, throughout the Midwest and Southwest, primarily in California. He has participated in several group and solo exhibits since the year 2000.  Bill’s artwork hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.


Silent Storm
oil on canvas
15 x 30 inches
Cardinals in the Snow
oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Misty Day at Point Lobos
oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
Searching for Supper, 2022
oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches

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