Bill Brody ~ Artist

Tell us a little bit about your art and your process for creating it.

The working process for my large on location paintings is as follows:

I go into the field most often by bush plane with camping and painting gear. My canvas is transported rolled up into sewer pipe. My stretcher bars are of my own design refined over years of trial and error. I set up camp and then find a vantage point for my painting. The canvas is stretched and set up resting on top of a 5 gallon bucket and held in place with parachute cord and tent stakes. My canvas is clear primed linen. I sketch with charcoal made from Alaskan willow which I seal to the canvas using alkyd painting medium after which I paint in white highlights and sky forms.  When the sketch is dry, I apply glaze colors and then a weave of opaque lights and transparent darks. My goal is to capture something of what it was like to be there. Usually my foregrounds are detailed imagery based on what was right in front of me at my feet.

What is it about Alaska that inspires you?

I am driven to work in the Alaskan wilderness and have done so regularly since 1989. The places that call to me are rugged and remote, generally above the treeline. I don’t paint anything that shows the works of people; it’s all untouched nature. Clouds are important.

Where can we learn more about you or see more of your work? Is there anywhere that we find your prints and/or originals for sale?

You can find my work for sale at Stephan Fine Arts and Georgia Blue Gallery in Anchorage and at the Venue in Fairbanks. Fine Art America is where one might find reproductions of my paintings. I sell directly as well. In addition to paintings, I carve landscape designs into large sheets of metal, and I have an extensive inventory of large and detailed woodblock original prints.