Sunday, March 2, 2008


My artistic roots are firmly planted in this most delightful city which was my home for 16 years. It is here that I began my medical practice in 1971, and years later, my journey into art. Wilmington’s urban landscape was to be my primary inspiration for many years; I found her markets, neigborhood shops, and archtecture irresistable. I loved the color and the texture of her steets as well as the clutter and helter skelter composition of urban happenstance.

In this next series of posts I will try to share some of this city with you. The paintings you will see were all done in the late 70s and well into the mid to late 80s and unless otherwise noted, are all watercolors. (The very early work was pen and ink with or without colored markers.)

7th & Jackson St. Typical of my earliest work...pen & ink with bit of watercolor.

Before watercolor there were markers. Combined with an ink drawing they create delightful, but alas, fugitive imaages.

4th and Market st. Lower Market street was awash with fantastic architecture, old store fronts, and markets, along with King st. Unfortunately many are now gone, in the name of progress. This was a particularly favorite spot of mine.

Looking into downtown Wilmington, many of these buildings remain today, but the entire appearance has been altered.


moneythoughts said...

Hi Bill,

Nice work. Your urban landscapes are very nice. They have a relaxed feel and remind me of another great illustrator N. Rockwell.

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Villager said...

Great paintings, as it is to be expected. Yes, markers are very fugitive, but the good thing is, nowadays if you scan a picture into a digital file, it basically becomes eternal. It will never fade. Love technology...some of it anyway.

William F. Renzulli said...

Villager, As obvious is that is, I never thought of that. Unfortunately my markers have long since gone dry. But it is something to keep in the back of my mind for future fun.