Today we’d like to introduce you to William Reynolds-Green.
Thanks for sharing your story with us William. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 1952 I was born an artist in Barstow CA to a family that had no clue as to what art or an artist was. Never encouraged I missed out on a formal art education leaving me self-taught. Always pursuing ‘being an artist’ I had a chance to visit the Palace of Fine Arts in SF. There I saw a live Salvador Dali Painting. It changed my life. Before that moment I never knew a person could paint to such a level.
Since I have always tried my best to get near Salvador Dali’s excellence both in technique and subject. In the early 80’s I was able to get employment with a contractor for the Navy/Marine FA/18 pilot training program as a technical illustrator being able to learn much during this time. Eventually moved to the SF bay area where I tried a freelance illustration. After a few years, I was offered employment with Sierra On-Line, a computer game company. There I was able to get to the position of assistant creative director, game director, art director, producer, background artist and animator. It was a great time and I was able to learn much more. After, I was offered an art director position with Virgin Interactive (another gaming company) in Orange County.
When that ended 3 years later (1996) I made the decision to do whatever it took to get into ‘fine art’ full time. Now years later I am still trying to get into the ‘fine art market’ with very little success. I belong to LA Art Association. I am completely anti-social, (which doesn’t help) even though I like people. I have been able to show my work here and there but nothing serious. As far as my life I have been married and divorced 2 times.
Have 5 kids, 1 committing suicide. 2 heart attacks plus other crappy health issues. Had to BK in 1997. Changed my name in 2005. Reversed my diabetes. Never had a drawing or painting lesson. I did not graduate from high school but have a GED. Love cars and motorcycles and am very mechanical. I have been homeless since 2010 at which time a friend offered me a corner of his shop/warehouse in Santa Fe Springs for a live-in studio. I have been here since and now living on social security benefits for income. I am a very positive and looking forward to a break and the possibility of making a living.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being self-taught I had a lot to learn just to be slightly credible such as correct vocabulary, material usage, how to make a painting. I am quite shy and to make calls for a portfolio showing to art directors, design firms, advertising firms etc. That about killed me. Every time and everywhere I went it was an education. I learned how to be versatile, quick, accurate etc by always putting myself on the line by saying “yes I can do that” then shitting my pants trying figure out how I could do the work. Raising a family from age 22 and trying to make a living incorporating the art of some nature.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the William Reynolds-Green story. Tell us more about the business.
I am an artist that specializes in realism (not photorealism).
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Absolutely lots of luck. One example, when I started freelance illustration I met an art director at a Palo Alto design firm. He took me under his wing gave me a lot of work and taught me much about making great art. The knowledge he passed to me I have used in all my work since.
- Website: wrgreen.com
- Phone: 949.295.1305
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