Bill Gehring was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey in 1936. After graduating high school, he went to work for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. Bill had always been interested in art but did not pursue it until after he and his wife Glenna were married. It was her encouragements that lead him to enroll in a home study course with Famous Artist Schools. With thirteen years invested in his telecommunication career and a family to support, art would remain a hobby; painting and drawing in the evenings. Weekends Bill would exhibit at fairs, art shows and galleries throughout southern New Jersey and the Delaware Valley. He soon became known in the area as a wildlife artist.
In 1977, Bill moved his family to Colorado when he accepted a transfer to the Mountain States Bell Telephone Company in Denver. There he took many art classes at the Rocky Mountain School of Art and The Botanical Gardens of Denver. His artwork was exhibited widely in Denver, Boulder and the Rocky Mountain region, where he received numerous awards and recognition.
Bill retired from Mountain Bell after a successful thirty-four year career. A year later, he and Glenna moved to Harrison, Arkansas, where they purchased a beautiful mountaintop home. Much of his time was spent in his studio painting and drawing the many birds and critters that lived right outside their window. Although Bill & Glenna enjoyed the lifestyle they shared in Harrison, they wanted to live closer their children and grandchildren. This brought them to Idaho where they currently reside. Bill volunteered as a Docent at The World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, which gave him the opportunity to see beautiful birds up close.
The many artists influencing Bill’s work most include: Raymond Harris-Ching, J. Fenwick Lansdowne, Glen Loates, Chris Bacon and Terance James Bond.
Bill’s media is pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, scratchboard (black/white and color), watercolor and acrylic.
Bill Gehring joined Fine Art America on September 12th, 2011.