About Bill James:

Bill is a graduate of Syracuse University and now lives and works from his studio in Florida. He has been awarded the titles of Dolphin Fellow by AWS and Master-Pastelist by PSA, as well as given membership with the Knickerbocker Artists (an exclusive art association consisting of only master artists) without showing a customary portfolio the Knickerbocker Artists.

His watercolors are included in five books titled “Splash”, “Splash 2”, “Splash 4”, “Splash 5”,  "Splash 8", "Splash 10", "and “Splash 11” published by North Light Books. Many of his black and white drawings are included in Strokes Of Genius series of books published by North Light Books. Other watercolors are included in books titled “The Best of Watercolor”, “Creative Watercolors”, and “People in Watercolors” published by Rockport Publishers. Several of his watercolors were published  in two books titled “The Artistic Touch” and “The Artistic Touch 2” published by Creative Art Press. Watson-Guptill’s book “Painting Faces and Figures” features both his pastel and watercolor techniques. He has two pastels and one watercolor in a book published by North Light Books titled “The Best Of Portrait Painting”. Seven of his pastels, oils, and watercolors were included in a book titled “A Painter’s Guide To Design And Composition," published by North Light Books.





Bill James’s work:

In 2008, Bill had 10 of his paintings included in an exhibit at the Appleton Museum of Art.  He has won second place (the Silver Metal Award) from both the Pastel Society of America and the American Watercolor Society. In their exhibitions as well as other juried competitions, he has won such awards as  the Mrs. Andrew Guffuni Award for Exceptional  Merit-Pastel Society of America, the Howard Chandler Christy Portrait Award-PSA, the Knickerbocker Award for Excellence-Pastel Society of North Florida, Award for Exceptional Merit-Degas Pastel Society ('87, '96, '98), Award for Exceptional Merit-National Watercolor Society, Award for Exceptional Merit- Texas Watercolor Society, the 3rd Place Award for Landscape from the 2003 Artist’s Magazine art competition, the Gold Metal Award for Excellence from the 2007 Pastel Journal art competition, First Place Award in the Miami Watercolor society first online art exhibition, and the Award of Excellence-Watercolor Society of Alabama.

He has won many Best in Show Awards including; Northwest Pastel Society  '97, Degas Pastel Society '92, Art Center National 100 '96 and '98, Mississippi Watercolor Society '87 and '94, Louisiana Watercolor Society '90 and '11 Watercolor Society of Alabama '94 and '96, Georgia Watercolor Society '95 and '02, Arizona Aqueous XVI '99, Texas Watercolor Society '02, Tallahassee Watercolor Society '04, Pastel Society of North Florida '07, Art Splash International Exhibition '07, Maryland Pastel Society National Open Exhibition '07, Pastel Society of New Mexico '08, Florida Watercolor Society '08, the Northwest Pastel Society '08 and '09, the Arkansas Pastel Society '09, the Southern Watercolor Society '07 and '11, and the Miami Watercolor Society online exhibition '11 and '12.

There is an article in the Watercolor Magazine Winter 2011 published by American Artist issue concerning his watercolor paintings. There is an article about his work with pastel in the August 2011 issue of The Artist Magazine (England). In the June 2011 issue of Pratique Des Arts Magazine (France), there is an article concerning his pastel and watercolor techniques. In 2012, the French magazine The Art of Watercolour wrote an article concerning Bill's watercolor technique. There is an article in the 2012 August/September issue of International Artist Magazine which shows and discusses his work with pastel.



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