William's paintings are directly concerned with that, which lies behind what is seen. They are concerned with issues of the sublime, transcendence, imminence and order. The works push the limits of structured surfaces and attempt to release the hidden possibilities in attenuated and nuanced colour schemes.
These paintings are invested with all the care and sensitivity acquired from varied life experiences and the depth of understanding they bring to bear on the creative urge. Eight years living in Korea and then moving through landscapes in China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines have left a lasting impression on his approach to making art. Further travel in Europe and North America served to shrink the gap between the impressions of the world and the sense of those things hidden behind the screen of nature.
Painting solely with a self devised encaustic technique, William has set out to create images that play with surface optical qualities found only in hot wax and pigment solutions. Harnessing the natural opaque properties of wax he merges the power of abstract composition with that of material and process in an attempt to disrupt the gaze in a move to turn perception in on itself.
William has exhibited in Australia, Korea, China, Denmark, Finland and the USA. He was artist in residence at Dunmoochin near Melbourne in Australia during 2007, at Hollufgard Gaesteatelier in Odense, Denmark and Corning Centre for Fine Arts in Iowa, USA in 2014, at Kulttuuri Kauppila in Ii, Finland in 2015 and Takahuti Residency in Tampere, Finland in 2018.
His work is held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Switzerland, Finland and Canada.