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Bill Sonstrom

In 1992, Bill started painting and within a few months it became his passion. He 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. 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 turned to painting full time. At this time he began studying composition with Paul Zimmerman, NA. In 2006, he then studied oil painting for many years with plein air master David Lussier. He is especially grateful to David for his extraordinary teaching in the areas of light and color.

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

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 Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT He has earned numerous awards from the Connecticut Watercolor Society, including First Place in the 2006 Open Exhibit. His oil paintings 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.