Born in London in 1981, Willy has made Aberdeen his home for the last 30 years. He studied Printmaking at Grays School of Art graduating in 2007 with a first class honours degree and returning as Artist in residence in 2008/2009. He started his career as a Visual Arts Practitioner, working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Peacock Visual Arts and many other establishments delivering workshops and classes to various private, community and school based projects around Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.
For the last 7 years he has been working offshore as a Hydrographic Surveyor on various survey and construction vessels in the North Sea and around the world. His laptop and sketchbooks become his studio while away from home.
When back on shore, William makes full use of the workshops at Peacock Visual Arts. The drawings and ideas generated offshore are starting points for work that is a celebration of colour, form, drawing and mark-making; balancing the spontaneous with order and exploiting process.
Offshore Field Notes is an exhibition of prints created over the last 4 years in the workshops at Peacock Visual Arts. The drawings and ideas that form the basis of these prints were created whilst offshore around the world.