Bill Sonstrom

Bill is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).  His oil paintings were selected for ASMA’s 15th and 16th National Exhibitions (2011-2013 and 2014-2015).  His works are exhibited at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT, and the ASMA 2008-2009 New England Exhibition.   He has earned numerous awards from the Connecticut Watercolor Society, including First Place in the 2006 Open Exhibit.  His oil painting were selected for the New Britain Museum of American Art Member’s Exhibition in 2013 and 2014.   He is a member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters’ Society and the Lyme Art Association.

 Bill started painting in 1992 and within a few months it became his passion.  He studied watercolor with Jack Flynn, AWS, for more than 10 years. In the summer of 2005 Bill was able to take an early retirement from a 30 year career as a software engineer and turn to painting full time.  At this time he began studying composition with Paul Zimmerman, NA.  In 2006 he began and continues to study oil painting with plein air master David Lussier. 

 Bill expresses his sense of American history through landscapes, street scenes, and marine subjects.  His marine paintings feature working boats, especially New England trawlers.  These boats have such a great sense of gritty character and history! 

 Bill served in the US Army from 1967-1970 as a First Lieutenant.  He holds a BA in  American History, from Central Connecticut State University, and an MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.