I graduated from Rhode Island School of design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting in 1965. In the summer of 1964 I learned photography at Yale Summer School of Art and Music in Norfolk, Connecticut.
From 1965 until 1970 I tried to make it as a painter while barely keeping afloat with a number of photography, drafting, and illustration jobs.
Starting in 1968 I started hedging my bets with night courses in computer science. In 1970 I began a career as a software engineer doing real-time military applications.
Earlier as a painter I had tried to switch from using oil paint to acrylics. Switching from painting to military systems software, for me, was much easier.
In 2007 my wife, Grace, and I decided to retire and relocate from Texas to the Pacific Northwest. At the time I was working for Link Flight Simulation and she was an illustrator in the human relations department at Arlington Memorial Hospital. We moved to Kalama.
From 2009 until now I have been doing digital landscape photographs generally in our beautiful local area. I find that digital photography with Photoshop is really “grist for my mill.” For me it is the ideal challenge to both my arty and high tech sides.
— Bill Smith – email