Collection of my marine life , Nature, and my other Artwork
William John Edmondson at the age of nine took several oil painting lessons. These oil lessons sparked great interest as well as an early talent for drawing and painting. As a beginning painter, Edmondson entered art shows on Long Beach Island , New Jersey. He Won Best of Show and other first place prizes as well as first places in college shows.
During high school Mr. Edmondson took college preparatory courses with a concentration in the biological sciences. This led him to appreciate and become fascinated with animals and plants. During these high school years he did not produce many paintings. After attending high school Mr. Edmondson entered Delaware Valley college of Science and Agriculture in Doylestown ,Pennsylvania, majoring in biology.
It was not until later in his college career that due to a foot injury he decided to pursue painting. He went out and purchased some tube watercolors and of all things an oil canvas board. At the time it did not enter his mind that the canvas would not accept watercolors in the usual sense. However he continued to paint using watercolors and Acrylics. Thus he taught himself the "dry brush and wash technique" in watercolors. With urging from a relative of Norman Rockwell he continued to pursue this technique.
Later after meeting distinguished botanical artist Mr. Manabu Saito and receiving new knowledge on painting Mr. Edmondson perfected his craft.
Upon graduating from Del Val, as it was called ,with a BS degree in Biology, Mr. Edmondson entered the teaching profession. He taught biology for two years than switched to teaching art in a Southwest Florida middle school were he has spent the last thirty three years.
Most all of his life Mr. Edmondson has been interested in tropical and marine fish ,having been an avid marine aquarist for many years.
As an art educator and marine aquarist William Edmondson hopes through his art to promote an awareness and better understanding of our planet especially the oceans without which we could not exist.