Bill Colby

(American, born 1927, died 2019)

Late Tacoma-based artist and professor Bill Colby created paintings, etchings and woodblock prints. In his own words: “Nature is a constant inspiration… Themes like rain, the forest and/or energy sources of nature are charged with expression of inherent power, yet peaceful.” He often uses texture and pattern, such as the wood grain in a woodblock print, to communicate form and movement.

Colby received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Denver. He received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He taught at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Western Washington, from 1956 until 1989. He continued to make art from his home studio into his 90s.