Artist Biography: Originally from Tennessee, Bill Paine has lived in Florida since the 1970s. Over the years, he worked in a wide variety of vocations: motorcycle mechanic, retail in a medium-sized motorcycle shop, touring musician, programmer, IT Director. He received a bachelor of science degree from University of Florida, in computer and information sciences, and spent over 20 years in the information technology field, before retiring from full-time work as IT director at the Florida Museum of Natural History, in 2016.
Creativity has been the common thread through all of his “day jobs.” Paine's first exploration of artistic expression began in the 1970s through leather work and music. In 2014, he began a new phase of exploring and creating visual art, and since retiring, has devoted more time and energy to visual expressions of his muse, while continuing to make music.
Artist Statement: The artwork I create reflects a bit of who I am. I have always been interested in technology and how various components interact with one another to complete a cohesive form. My creative process allows me to explore the multiple ways in which these interactions occur. I am driven to develop and execute combinations that best suit my muse.
My work process is fairly fluid. With art lamps and other 3-D assemblage art, I begin by considering multiple possibilities in my studio/workshop, and when inspiration strikes regarding a particular concept, I begin “trying ideas out.” Getting from initial ideas to completed design involves visualization, along with rearrangement and/or fabrication or modification of components. I might make a rough sketch or photo, but generally work without notes. Materials I use vary, but include metal (aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass etc.), wood, glass, ceramic, plastic and paint. Since I primarily work with found objects, each find can suggest infinite ways of expression.
For photography, my work process usually begins with being out in nature with my camera, and shooting what I see. I then transfer raw files to my computer to process, crop etc. My photographs have been printed on a variety of materials, including different paper types and metal.