William A. Davies was born in Englewood, N.J. in 1948, and has been a lifelong New Jersey resident. After graduating from High School in 1966, he enlisted in the Airforce and served from 1967 to 1971. William held various jobs for the next decade, attending William Paterson University at night until 1980 when he graduated with a B.A. in Art Education. He then went on to receive a second degree in 1981, Master of Arts with a major in Fine Art and Art History. While at W.P.U., William studied under David Raymond, Alan Lazarus and Gary Schubert. After receiving his Masters, he worked for a few years as a Fine Arts Adjunct at both William Paterson University and Bergen Community College in Paramus. Subjects taught at W.P.U. included Drawing, 2D Design and Color. At Bergen Community College, William taught Life Drawing and wrote the curriculum for a course combining Studio Art with History.
The years between 1980 and 1884 were prolific ones for William; he produced and sold between 20 and 25 large Acrylic Paintings and Ink Drawings. The subject of these works were mainly architectural, featuring homes and building facades from the 19th Century. These Paintings and Drawings were shown in various Group and Juried Exhibits in the Tri-State area. Notable among these shows was The Silvermine Artist Guild in New Canaan, Ct., where his painting "York Beach" won the award in the Traditional Painting category. Also among these large paintings was "The Narragansett", which was exhibited in the U.S, Senate Building in a Show of New Jersey Artists, sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg. William's Artwork has been noted for its Atmospheric Effects and "Strong Sense of Place".
In September 1986, William accepted a teaching position at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge. During his tenure at this prestigious school, he taught classes in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Art history, Sculpture and Photography. William re-introduced the course he had designed for Bergen Community College- combining Art History and Aesthetics with Studio Art. He also wrote the curriculum and taught a course in Film Making using video camera. As much as he loved teaching Art, In 2006 William retired from teaching to become a full-time Artist. Having taught Drawing for so many years via the medium of Colored Pencils, his recent work consists of numerous drawings in this medium. His "Colored Pencil Paintings" involve using the pencil in a manner that simulates the effects of pastels, but obtaining a much Higher level of Detail. Replacing the architectural subject matter of the 1980's is a focus on Natural Landscape. Using familiar spots as well as newly discovered locations in New England, New Jersey, New York State and Pennsylvania, William is creating a large body of work in Acrylic Paintings, Watercolor, Colored Pencil Drawings and Pastels.
William was a full working member of "The Artery" Gallery, an artist co-op in Milford, PA. from 2012 through May,2014. He recently joined the following Art Associations in New Jersey: Arts Guild New Jersey, The Center for Contemporary Art, The Ridgewood Art Institutue, and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.
He resides in Oak Ridge, together with his wife JoAnne and their cat Malcolm.