WILL SILLIN

“There can be neither harm nor disappointment in the close observation nature.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
Thoreau’s declaration has been embraced by countless artists and I join in that spirit to offer my art. My paintings are based on my observations of the basics: light, color and form. In addition I hope some of our changing understanding of matter, energy, time and space works it way into my pictures and animate them to some degree. My works are an invitation to join me on a trip through our accessible, natural, visible universe as observed and recorded in paint.

Education
B.A.- Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct- 1977
M.S.-University of Massachusetts, School of Natural Resources, Amherst, Ma.- 2001
Xi Sigma Pi, Forestry Honor Society, Full Membership, 2001

Art Education
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Lyme, Ct., 1978
studio with Salvatore Grippi, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1979
studio with James Valerio, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1980

Permanent Exhibits
In The Late Triassic, 14’x 29′ mural, Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Jurassic Morning, 8′ by 14′ mural, Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College , Mass.
Paintings of the East Border Fault Basin, Triassic and Present, Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Mass.
The Triassic, 5′ x 10′, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass.

Exhibits
“Valleys to the Sea”,  The Kerri Gallery, Willimantic, CT, 2016 (solo show)
Waterscapes , Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA 2015 (2 person show)
30th Annual Almost Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2014
Alumni Art Exhibit, Westminster School, Simsbury, CT 2014
Confluence- New Members, Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA 2014
Francesca Anderson 30th Anniversary Show, Framcesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2013
Through Rain, Snow and Nor’easters, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2013
29th Annual Near Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2013
28th Annual Near Miniatures Show, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA 2012
Then and There, Landscapes , Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York, 2009 (solo show)
Guest Artist, Isle of Shoals Marine Biology Lab, Isle of Shoals, NH., 2006
15 Pioneer Valley Artists Celebrate University Heritage Trees, Exhibit and Calender, Student Union Art Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA. 2002
Art of the Heart Calendar, Published by ServiceNet, Northampton, MA. 2001
Group Exhibit, The Hart Gallery, Guild Art Center, Northampton, MA. 2001
Northampton Center for the Arts & Northampton City Hall, Northampton, MA. 1999
Landscapes, Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, CT., 1993
Days On Earth, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA., 1991
2 person show, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY., 1987
Big Places, Pratt Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst,MA., 1986
Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Art League National Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA.,1984, (Grumbacher Gold Medal)
Hall of Flowers, Haight Ashbury Artists Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. 1983
Gallery Endoge, Erotic Art Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA. 1982

Published Illustrations include
Historic Deerfield, Landscape, Historic Deerfield Inc., Deerfield , MA., Autumn 2011,
Deerfield Magazine, River, Valley, Rock, Richard Little, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield MA., Spring 2011
Perspectives on Animal Behavior 3e, Goodenough, McGuire, Jakob, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ., 2009
Endocrinology, Vol 149, No.9, for Rolf Karlstrom, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., 2008
Raid On Deerfield: The Many Stories (http://1704.Deerfield.history.museum) & (http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/maps/landscapes.html) for the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. 2004
Great Day Trips in the Connecticut Valley of the Dinosaurs, for Brendan Hanrahan, Perry Heights Press, 2004
Functional Anatomy of Vertebrates, edition 3, for Liem, Bemis & Walker, Thomson/Brooks Cole, Belmont, Ca., 2001
Cell and Development Biology, Volume 13 No.6, for Rolf Karlstrom, University of Massachusetts, Mass., 2002
The Auk, Vol 119, No.4, for Andrea Ward, University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA., 2002
Apoptosis, cover illustration for Lawerence Schwartz, Academic Press, 2001
Exploring Franklin County, A Geology Guide, cover illustration for Richard Little, Earthview Press, 1989

Other
Maze artist, Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm, Sunderland, MA. 2000-2014