Artist William Gotha with his wife, Beth at the opening reception for the 2017 regional juried exhibit at the Guild of Boston Artists. Painting is McWain Hill Birches I, oil on linen, 20" x 30". See "Landscapes" for details.
I really appreciate your taking time to review my site. I love to paint, and have been enthusiastic about painting
landscapes and seascapes since I was a teenager. I started painting when my parents gave me a paint-by-number set. Before long I felt limited by having to stay within the lines, and asked them if I could have an old window shade that was collecting dust in the cellar. I still have the painting I did on a piece of that old shade!
While my kids were growing up, I traveled with my family throughout New England looking for interesting venues. I particularly love Maine, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, and Nantucket, and several of my paintings depict scenes from there, either landscapes or seascapes. Now I regularly travel across the East looking for unique settings for future paintings. Sometimes, I travel with other artists and start several paintings on a single trip.
In 2015, 2017, and 2018 I traveled to Missoula, Montana to see friends and explore it's dramatic geography. As a result, I created a new section on the site called "Western Art". Two of my paintings were selected by the Missoula Museum of Art for their 2017 and 2018 exhibit/auctions.
My favorite medium is oil paint, and I often take my paints with me when I travel to do color studies. The complete process includes pencil layout, on-site color study, reference photography, and finish work on location and in my studio.
I minored in Fine Art at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. and have studied landscape painting at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston and the Smith Art Museum in Springfield, MA. I have worked as an art director in Boston, and managed an international marketing company for 20 years. Painting is my new profession.