Artist Name: William Paul Proctor
Medium/Technique: Oil Paintings
As a young boy growing up in Georgia, my interest in drawing began when my mother handed me a pencil and paper in church, as a way of stopping my fidgeting. She never guessed that she was beginning a lifelong passion that continues to this day. When we came home, I continued to draw. I began to spend hours at the library pouring through art books on the old masters, such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, all the great artists, amazed that human beings were capable of producing such beauty! Now, a long-time Tennessean, I still consider myself a student, believing that there is always more to learn and explore.
Equal to my love of painting, is my desire to teach and pass on to others what I have learned. I think, as artists, we have a responsibility to share with others our experiences. Even though I have a degree in fine art, my real education began when I started painting alongside fellow artists. I encourage my students to form friendships with others who share their passion and paint together.
I’ve participated in numerous shows and galleries around the country. I’ve taught oil painting and figure drawing at the Cheekwood Museum in Nashville for fifteen years, and privately through my studio. My work hangs in numerous corporate and private collections across the United States and Europe.