Born in Des Moines Iowa but raised in Georgia, William Western was introduced to the world of art by his parents. His mother, gifted in fashion design, taught the art of aesthetics or natural beauty of clothing and accessories. William's father was also talented, who would hand-draw fighting ninja characters on his free time. William said, “ I would practice redrawing my father's characters exactly the same. Then eventually, I began creating my own characters.” Although his family frequently relocated throughout his childhood, William always found stability and solace in his art. His love of art was obvious from his early honorable mention and art achievements. He has been featured in popular community contest and received numerous certificates of award. In 1998, William was featured on Atlanta FOX News for being the youngest participate to become a finalist in the "Peachtree Road Race" shirt design competition. William's design received 2nd place nationwide and he was rewarded the opportunity to interview for a special internship position featured at fortune 500 company Georgia Power. In 1999, William graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta and received his Advanced Associates Diploma in graphic design. Shortly after he was promoted from intern to full-time hire at the Georgia Power Economic Development Department.
In 2001, the Economic Development Department accrued extreme budget loss after the United States declared war against Iraq. William's position at Georgia Power was next terminated due to company downsize. Despite the economic decline in employment, the needed demand for graphics were still growing. Unable to land a job, William boldly set out to make his mark on the creative industry as a freelancer.
William is now a seasoned freelance artist with years of experience, skilled in website development, business branding, and advertising. He provides creative solutions for many businesses, musicians, corporations, and eating establishments. Some of his clientele consist of the Atlanta Public School Systems, Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Chicago Pizza, Edina Sports Association, and many more. Aside from freelancing, William also creates illustrations, murals, and portraits using a variety of mediums and materials. Art is not only a way of living but an outlet for William to vividly bringing ideas and concepts to life.
Today, William is inspired by creativity and the appreciation of sharing his art with everyone. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States.
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, and love what you do."
- Will Western