In Memoriam: Bill Canright


“Golden Tree” (pastel, 16 x 20 in.) by Bill Canright

Remembered as “an artist, husband, father, sailor, and friend,” Bill Canright started as a self-taught painter when he was just 14 years old, working with his dad’s art materials. “He wasn’t an artist,” said Bill. “He was a landscape architect in college. He left a lot of oils behind, so years later, I came along and did my first oil paintings.”

In a 2019 interview, he said, “Between my early fine art experience and my more recent experience, I was heavily involved in advertising and graphic design. I’ve been involved in printing, photography, painting, and drawing for most of the last 70 years.” 

Bill and his wife Maggie Price (who passed away in 2013) launched The Pastel Journal magazine, raising public awareness of the medium and helping it earn the respect it deserves among collectors and artists. 

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