William Turner's paintings are visually engaging with rich color and painterly quality which draws in the viewer. Visual references, such as an abstract landscape, figure, or shape, are merely a framework for his explorations into color and form.  He starts his paintings with a chaotic under-painting.  Thus begins his imaginative adventure to find direction out of the initial creative disorder and is a source of profound energy that ultimately resonates in the delightful collision between abstraction and representation. William paints to jazz,  the rhythm and improvisational energy are key expressive elements in his paintings.  Like chordal deconstruction resulting in structured, yet spontaneous improvisation, his paintings are rooted in shapes and figures that explode to the movement of the paint.

Artist Solo Show August 2022



University of Washington, Seattle, WA:

Masters of Fine Arts

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA:

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Artists Studied Under: 

Jacob Lawrence

Alden Mason

Michael Spafford

Museum Collections:

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA 



Amgen Corporation

Central Missouri State University

Florida State university

Fred Meyer Trust

Hotel Griffon

Idaho State University, Davis Gallery

Karr Tuttle Campbell

Louis Owen Inc

Nordstrom Corporation

River Place Hotel

Safeco Corporation

Taphouse Grill

University of WA, Henry Gallery

Washington Athletic Club

WA State Arts Commission


Body of Work:

1982-00: Spiral Abstraction (sold out)

1986-90: Interiors (sold out)

1994: The Imagined Landscape (sold out)

1997-04: Figurative Abstraction (sold out)

2004-08: The Valley (available)

2011: Spirit of the Land (available)

2011: Conversation with the Elders (available)

2016-current: A New Land (available)