“From the Bench” by Bill Cramer

“From the Bench”

9 x 12 in.


Currently on display at Zion Human History Museum

Purchase info is available by calling 435.772.3263

Bill Cramer grew up in California where he always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art.  As an experienced rock climber, he spent much of his youth enjoying the more vertical places of the American West. This gave him a perspective of the world that few others would ever experience. He received a fine arts degree from California State University Long Beach and later moved to Prescott, Arizona, with his wife Michelle to be closer to the scenery they both enjoyed. It was there that Bill discovered the joys and challenges of landscape painting, his outdoor experiences providing much of the insight and inspiration expressed in his art. He believes that painting on location and in the studio are complementary pursuits, each enriching the other. The opportunity to experience and paint some of the most scenic places in America has contributed greatly to his artistic growth: “Any landscape worth painting is more than the obvious visual elements. The push of an evening breeze, the feel of sun baked sandstone, the scent of sagebrush or the sound of a raven suddenly overhead are examples of the many unseen elements that inform my work. I’m satisfied when a painting is as rich as the landscape that inspired it. My goals are to keep exploring the southwest’s wild places, search for new ideas and express what I find exciting about landscapes and about painting.”

Bill is one of 24 painters participating in the 2017 Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational. Artists will be painting in and around Zion during the week of November 6-12, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Zion Natl Park Forever Project. Proceeds from sales will benefit education programs at Zion National Park. See zionpark.org for details.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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