William G. Hanson is a graduate of American University with a B.F.A in Studio Painting. As an award winning illustrator, he has worked for magazines and major publishing houses. His portraits include a Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, corporate and banking executives and a series of portraits of past winners of the Masters Tournament for Golf Digest.
A professional artist for over thirty years, Bill began his career doing sidewalk portraits and he was a courtroom sketch artist for TV and newspapers. Here he found an interest working from life.
In more recent years, his love of the sea and its lore has influenced his choice of subject matter.
Hanson is a Signature Artist Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, (ASMA), a Member of the Salmagundi Club, a Member of the Oil Painters of American and an Elected Artist of the Lyme Art Association and the North Shore Arts Association.
Bill has been represented in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport for several years and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Museum Purchase Award at the 35th International Marine Art Exhibition.
When not in his studio, Bill can be found painting and sketching the coastline, countryside, people of the Atlantic shore,small towns and back roads of New England.