“Paint that which you have a passion for and know intimately.’ I have spent my entire life from early childhood climbing the rocks and cliffs of Laguna Beach’s coves to studying the unique personality of the Laguna Beach coastline.”
William Brion, born on Long Island, New York, came to California in 1952 where he enjoyed living on the cliffs above the beach at Agate Street in Laguna Beach. His mother, who had worked for The Disney Animation Studios, was instrumental in his exploration of the different mediums in art. William graduated from Whittier College in 1974 with a degree in Art and Art History. At Whittier, he explored the many forms of artistic expression in Art History and began to assimilate and articulate certain artistic influences of preferred periodic artists into his work. He relished the realism of Andrew Wyeth and his weathered structures and cherished the beauty of the Impressionists in their attempt to capture the moment with dashes of “lighted” paint.
William rounded out his artistic background with classes at Long Beach state including The Art of India and The Art of Oceania. He adopted the Indian circular artistic technique of the “Mandala” to bring calm and a sense of serenity to his work.
Taking a class in photography by celebrated fashion photographer Robert Randall helped William improve his photographic compositional skills, and he also studied with Laguna Beach local Watercolor artist Gerald Lilly in 1972.
William’s work is an expression of his love for the local coastline and has been exhibited in many area galleries and The Laguna Museum of Art.
In 2013 his work was featured at The Cottage Gallery in Laguna Beach. The 2014 Festival of Arts Show was William’s fourth time exhibiting at the Festival of Arts, the last two appearances for oil painting. It was his most successful show to date. Also in 2014, he was one of 36 finalists selected for The 8th Annual Fine Art Exhibition at the Laguna Beach City Hall juried by The Laguna Beach College of Art and Design. In January of 2015, William was honored to be selected as one of two jurists for The Winter Art Show put on by The San Clemente Art Association. In 2015, he chosen to exhibit at The El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel. The 2015 Festival of Arts Show was his fifth appearance. In 2016 William was awarded Honorable Mention for my painting, “Sunlit Arbor.” The 2016 Festival of Arts Show was his sixth exhibition on the site. In the 2017 San Clemente Summer Art Show he received Best of Show award for “Three Arch Bay Surf Club.”