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Bill Keeney was born in Santa Monica,
California in 1943. He began drawing
and painting at an early age and over the
years has studied and developed skills in
a variety of mediums including oils,
watercolors, pastels, photography
and ceramics.

He studied painting, design, drawing,
photography and ceramics at the University
of California at Los Angeles and earned his
BA in 1966 and his MFA in 1969. After
graduating from UCLA Bill spent a year
abroad traveling in Europe and the Middle
East. It was during these travels he fell in
love with the Mediterranean world and
especially the countryside of Provence in
the South of France.

During the 1970s he taught drawing,
design and color theory at UCLA
Extension and Long Beach State
University in California. He became
Chair of the Graphic Design Department
at Woodbury University in 1982 and is
now retired. He has exhibited in numerous
faculty shows, as well as having several
one man shows of his oils, watercolors
and pastels of Provence.

In addition to chairing the Department
of Graphic Design he also taught drawing,
design history and photography. Twice
during the 1980s Bill lived in the south
of France on sabbaticals from his teaching
duties at Woodbury. During these periods
he continued to draw, photograph and paint,
developing a personal style that emphasize
color and composition inspired by the
varied landscapes of Provence.

Currently Bill focuses on large colorful
abstract landscapes in both oil and watercolor.
Like many painters, Bill prefers to let the
paintings emerge over long periods of time,
making frequent color changes and revisions
to refine the image and composition while
striving to maintain a sense of spontaneity.
He begins by blocking in large color areas
and shapes and then proceeds to apply
layer after layer of transparent and opaque
pigments. Many of his best canvasses are
over laid with a dozen layers of color or
more. Through color, form and light he
captures the poetic essence of a landscape
and enriches it with his own sense of artistry.

Today Bill and his wife Marie-France, a
retired interior designer, live in the South
of France near Aix-en-Provence, where he
paints in his home studio where he find
continued inspiration from the landscapes
of Provence.

Bill Keeney est né a Santa Monica,
Californie en 1943. Il a étudié le dessin,
l’art, le design, la photographie et la
céramique à l'Université de Californie à
Los Angeles et a obtenu son diplôme
d'Arts en 1966 et sa Maîtrise de Beaux
Arts en 1969.

Après avoir complété ses études
d'Université, Bill a passé un an à l'étranger
en voyageant en Europe et au Moyen-orient.
Ce fut pendant ces voyages qu’il est tombé
amoureux du monde méditerranéen et
surtout des paysages de Provence dans
le Sud de la France.

Pendant les années 70 il a enseigné le
dessin, la théorie de conception et de
couleurà l’Université de Los Angeles et
de Long Beach en Californie. Il est devenu
Professeuret Directeur du Département d’Art
Graphique à l'Université de Woodbury a
Los Angeles en 1982. Il a exposé ses
tableaux, ses aquarelles et pastels
de Provence.

A deux reprises pendant les années 80, Bill
a habité dans le sud de la France pendant
des congés sabbatiques. Durant ces périodes
il a continué à dessiner, photographier et
peindre, tout en développant un style
personnel qui souligne la couleur et la
composition inspirée par les paysages variés
de Provence.

Actuellement Bill peint de grands
paysages abstraits très colorés a l’huile et
a l'aquarelle. Comme beaucoup de peintres,
Bill travaille sur plusieurs de ses tableaux
en même temps afin de raffiner les couleurs,
l'image et la composition. Il commence en
bloquant des formes et applique la couleur
couche après couche avec des pigments
transparents et opaques. Avec la couleur et
la forme, il capture l'essence poétique d'un
paysage et l'enrichit avec son propre sens
d'art personnel.

Aujourd'hui Bill et sa femme, architecte
d’intérieur retraitée, Marie-France, habitent
dans le Sud de France, près d'Aix-en-
Provence, où il trouve toujours l'inspiration
dans les paysages de Provence.