William painted his first oil at age 5 under the watchful eye of his father, a commercial artist. At 9 years old he won a regional scholarship to study with Joseph C. Fitzpatrick at Carnegie Institute. He was one of Fitzpatrick’s favorite “tam-o’-shanters” often called upon to give a demo to the class. Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, Mel Bochner and Raymond Saunders were all Fitzpatrick tam-o’shanters. He entered his first juried exhibit, with his father, when he was an adolescent as a member of the Art League of Ligonier Valley in Rector, Pa. Andrew Wyeth, as well as other prominent Pennsylvania artists, were members and frequent exhibitors.
William pursued a career in science with multiple degrees in mathematics and chemistry. After leaving the pharmaceutical industry in 2012 he returned to his childhood passion of painting. He has won multiple awards for his oils and has exhibited at group and solo shows in New Jersey.