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Bill Pfeffer

I was born and raised in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, along the foggy shores of Lake Michigan. In the early seventies, I escaped the long, cold winters after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics.  Bumming around California in the early seventies, I became interested in computer programming and eventually settled into a prosperous career in this field.  Late in my computer career, painting became a hobby.

It was a frustrating experience, but with classes and encouragement from my wife and local artists, my style gradually evolved into one of the broad brushstrokes, vibrant palettes, and bold thick paints that is now characteristic of my work.

Many of my paintings are framed or rendered on antique frames and objects (as shown in my header photograph), discovered at antique stores across America. Each frame is a unique size, so I use gessoed masonite as a painting surface which can easily be cut to an exact fit.  Sometimes, I’ll have the urge to create custom frames manufactured from salvaged pieces of lumber or old barn wood.

A few years ago, we rebuilt our garage into a comfy studio where much of my work is created. I’m not a prolific painter, and it takes a while for me to release a painting as finally done. We enjoy participating in art shows and meeting other artists and patrons, though those opportunities have been infrequent the last few years.

Finally, my wife Marge and I enjoy traveling around the world, having explored 92 countries (Travel Articles from Around the World), visiting with our extended network of family and friends spread across the country, and volunteering at our Sack’s Hospice Store in Petaluma – Marge on the cash registers, and myself stocking the books.