William Meire was born September 02, 1966 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He showed a keen interest in art expression at a very early age filling old textbooks and notebooks from his school days from cover to cover with images that filled his mind. After completing his education, he began his travels around the world and has now visited 49 countries studying the many art forms that each unique locale has to offer.
A perpetual student of Art, William paints directly from life whenever possible as he believes that direct life painting is the greatest way to learn. He also studies at the most substantial museums in Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Latin America to continually increase his skills. He makes these study trips to absorb the lessons of the greatest painters of all time and to push his own art further and further as a result.
William has worked in many artistic mediums over the years including, Watercolour, airbrush, acrylic, conte, pastel and, the most challenging and rewarding of all mediums; oil. His current works are exclusively in Oil and he spends many hours a day painting from life or working in his studio experimenting with the various tools of the trade and their effect upon one another.
William is well known as the Face of Canada artist. He was chosen over several applicants to paint portraits of the Gold Medal winners at the Vancouver Olympics of 2010. He also painted event scenes on very large canvas – another testament to the broad spectrum of ability and constant study of new techniques.
William's works are included in numerous private and corporate collections around the world. Collectors in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Chile, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, China, England, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and New Zealand own William Meire Original artwork.
Striving for Artistic mastery is the one and only path for me in this life. I am a father, a son and a friend but without my painting, I execute none of these other personages well. If there is a day when I don’t draw or paint, I feel deficient; as if I forgot to do something very important. I believe that I’ve been given a chance in my life to do this one thing well. I’m here to create works of art; to paint each day as if it is my last.
I’ve travelled the globe studying the Masters in the hopes of unveiling lessons to which I am yet unaware. Looking close and deep into a canvas created by Rembrandt, Turner, Monet, Sorolla, Singer Sargent or Fechin, I see the progression - the passing on of knowledge from artist to artist - from century to century. I drink in the lessons each successive work is willing to reveal. It sometimes takes hours in a trance like awe before the lesson absorbs into my mind. Other times the process is instantaneous. Once I find these subtle teachings from the past I work them out in my studio until, after sometimes dozens of destroyed canvases, I figure out what these Master Artists had discovered all those many years before.
When I incorporate this newly discovered lesson into my next work, the added knowledge invariably leads me to yet another brand new vista of possibilities. New colour combinations, a new way to use the knife or brushes, a new under-painting absorption rate or revealed effect. This new Key may last me for a day or for a year but once it is exhausted I must return to the Masters of the past for yet another small Key to push my work to the next level. I go off on each journey with the constant dream of adding something new - something great - to this timeless school of human artistic endeavor.
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