A resident of Marietta for nearly 40 years, Bill Needs followed an unusual route into the field of art. A few years after retiring from a career in Vocational Rehabilitation, curiosity prompted him to enroll in a drawing course at Kennesaw State University, (OLLI) Continuing Education. With no prior interest in art, that brief exposure to the creative powers of a pencil and pen revealed a hidden talent! For over five years, Bill has continued to experiment and expand his artistic perceptions with these simple tools.
His art is eclectic ...
-capturing motion and mood of weather upon landscapes and seascapes;
-reflecting a range of human emotion in faces, postures and interacting cultures,
-sculpting memory-evoking images of and bonds with animals and pets;
-even offering whimsical views of Marietta’s fabled icon, the “Big Chicken”.
Poignant illustrations to supplement love poems authored by Dr. Bruce Gillett in Quarter Peeled Oranges; cover illustration to the historical treatment of letters from civil war soldiers interred at Marietta’s National Cemetery, titled Rest Brave Comrades – Your Work is Done, published by historian Brad Quinlin; and more.
This talent continues to evolve, to his delight and to the surprise of those who know him. His art can also be found in DuPre’s Antique Market – Artist’s Forum”. You are invited to enjoy his art, add your comments, request a commission, or make recommendations for other scenes you’d like to see Bill bring to the sketchbook. -rendering precise architectural lines to describe buildings and monuments;
Bill’s art has been featured in local juried exhibitions at Marietta Art Museum, Acworth’s Gallery 4463, and Kennesaw’s Smith Gilbert Gardens. Bill has donated architectural illustrations for Marietta’s annual “Pilgrimage” holiday tour of homes. Bill has offered drawing classes (titled “Beyond Doodling”) to Marietta’s Enrichment for Life Movement (“ELM”), and other venues around Cobb.