The beautiful and often visually pleasing watercolors of local well known artist L.W. “Bill” Rettig, Jr. are the featured paintings and show in the Studio Gallery for the month of October, 2015, at Artworks Around Town at the Centre Market. The opening for this show is on First Friday, Oct 2, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:00PM. Refreshments are always a part of each Artworks monthly opening.
Beautiful, graceful, boldly yet hauntingly hued are the watercolor paintings of Wheeling, West Virginia’s most well known watercolorist. Bill’s work is gentle and tranquil yet strikingly alive in a well effusion of color and tones which are the glory of the subjects of what he sees all around him sun-drenched country sides…wild life…bustling streets…antiquated buildings…city life. The almost delicate style of Bill’s work becomes even more fascinating when you meet him, for Bill, in contrast to his art, is a bear of a man. He is a former PENN STATE fullback/linebacker who has lost none of his intimidating energy.
Although essentially self-taught, Bill has studied watercolor and pencil with Yar Chomicky at Penn State University and has worked with Richard Nitowski and Homer Hacker-AWS, who recognized early in Bill’s career his unique passion and energy in his works.
Winner of many regional and national awards, he has held solo exhibits in Kansas City, Mo., Cleveland, OH, Middletown, OH, Harrisburg, PA , Pittsburgh, PA, and Charleston, SC.
Bill’s works are part of many private and commercial collections. He has been commissioned by many large corporations for a series of work for their executive offices, branches, and customers. Among those corporations are Armco, Inc., Frank B. Hall, Equibank, PNC, Mellon Bank, Penn Champ, Amerikohl, Omega, HDH, Inc., A.C. Dellovade, Ellwood Federal Savings Bank, Eat-N-Park, American Glass Research, Baglier Buick, GMC, Mazda, Citizen National Bank, Pennsylvania State University, and William J. Green and Associates. And in honor of Joe Paterno’s 300th career win at Penn State University, Bill was commissioned by the university to do a watercolor portrait of Sue and Joe Paterno.
Bill currently resides in Forest Hills, Wheeling, WV, with his wife Debbie. He can be reached at 304-233-6477 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.