Stranger 72/100 – Bill

100 Strangers - BillStranger 72/100 – Bill

“Don’t be so serious.”

Meet Bill.

What brings you uptown? “Well, I live over here. I’ve got a little studio right down the street.”

What advice would you give to your younger self? “Do everything different.”

What is your biggest challenge right now? “Being an artist in the United States. The United States is not a big art environment. If you go out of the United States, if you’re an artist, you’re much more accepted I think.”

What kind of art do you make? “I’m pretty diverse. I do some illustration… I’m mostly a painter. I’m an oil painter, but I do a lot of mixed media… charcoal and watercolor.”

Where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? “Maybe I’ll be out of the United States. {laughs}. I like to travel, so I’ll go around and see places that have a lot more art and art is a lot more appreciated.”

If you could put a billboard up in Charlotte, what would it say? “I would never put a billboard up in Charlotte. I don’t know… probably don’t be so serious.”

Technical Notes: I used a small LED panel to minimize the shadows on Bill’s face.

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