William Ross Searle
was born and raised on Martha's Vineyard Island.
A 10th generation Island native, his early
experiences with Island life and changing
seasons is strongly etched into his paintings
and drawings. He works comfortably with both
acrylic and watercolor mediums. He paints
New England, especially the perimeter of the
seashore, where light, weather and tide unite
with human activity in a rich pronouncement
of man and his life. He earned his B.F.A.
degree in painting and drawing at Massachusetts
College of Art and his M.F.A. degree at Rhode
Island School of Design. He teaches part time
in the Art Department at Thayer Academy when
he is not in his studio, in Mashpee, Massachusetts,
painting. His paintings span four decades
and are included in over five hundred private,
corporate, institutional and museum collections
throughout the United States and Europe.