Description In the 1960s the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach was host to many famous musicians and rock groups. While living in Huntington Beach and studying art at Long Beach State, my favorite show was Linda Ronstadt. The Golden Bear opened in 1929 and was demolished in 1986. I have rendered this watercolor in sepia tones to preserve the memory. The original has been sold.
Bill Drysdale, Southern California Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement I am inspired by images set in days gone by, and I have a desire to stir emotions. Like a classic song, I hope to transport the viewer to a moment of simpler times. I have been told that my work bring a smile to one’s face.
I began drawing and painting as soon as I could hold a paintbrush and pencil. I majored in art in college and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the art department at California State University, Long Beach. My training includes a solid foundation in art, design, and illustration. I studied with many accomplished artists, including Dick Oden and Ernie Kolar.
Upon completion of my studies, I pursued freelance art, while working as a set designer for a major furniture company. Some of my first assignments included illustrating Alpha Romeos for Alphantics, a publication in Baltimore, Maryland, and designing decorative three-dimensional silk-screened clocks for Art Unlimited in Los Angeles. I painted backgrounds for film producer Jack Williamson and learned animation under the direction of ex-Disney animator George Geopper, who was well known as one of Pluto’s animators. I later became a full-time freelance artist, specializing in architectural illustration, and have rendered homes and commercial buildings for 30-plus years, including the residence of author Dean Koontz and a resort, including a clubhouse, polo fields, stables and bungalows, for the Sultan of Brunei.
I began painting fine art watercolors in 1992 and first exhibited my work at the Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach. In 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2011, I was an exhibitor at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts. Over the years, I have exhibited in numerous galleries and art shows, and I am currently showing at the Watercolor Gallery and McKibben Studios, both in Laguna Beach. I am also represented by Sagebrush Publishing in Utah.