I was born William Blane Spivey, so I sign all my art work, W.B. Spivey, even though I go by Bill. I am a native Californian, born in Modesto and raised in San Leandro, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I have painted in several media, but finally decided to specialize in acrylics because they dry fast, facilitating the creation of some unusual textures and rhythms. In attempting to classify my art, I have concluded I am an EFFECT artist: I start a new painting by looking at a surface with effects created in earlier painting sessions. So there is from the start of a painting a rich palette of colors, textures and shapes on a canvas, hard wood panel, or heavy sheet of art paper. For some people this palette would seem like pure chaos, a mess. However, I find it a wonderful opportunity to begin a new painting, a new adventure. Nevertheless, the challenge of an effect painter becomes apparent at this stage: How to incorporate all the effects on the palette into a coherent painting? Where to begin? Fortunately, the configuration of the various elements seems to give me a direction as to where to start carving out the painting from the chaos. Because I am an effect-driven artist, I respond to the effect that is already present on the paper. I have no preconceived idea as to the form of the painting; it emerges, one step at a time, each step leading to the next in a dance of pure adventure, discovery and delight.
I have created hundreds of paintings following this process of starting with an effect and seeing where the painting progresses. I specialize in scenes of nature: primarily landscapes of the four seasons, seascapes, and florals. Most of my painting are 18" x 24" on heavy paper. However, occasionally I have done larger works as big as a 4' x 6' panel. My latest paintings are on canvas and canvas board of various sizes. Every new palette is potentially a new, consuming adventure in the dance of rhythm, texture, color, contrast, and form. In each case I attempt to create beauty out of the chaos on the palette.
A Butterfly from a Pour