William Ross Searle was born and raised on Martha's Vineyard Island.
A 10th generation Island native, his early experiences with Island life and
changing seasons is strongly etched into his paintings and drawings.
He worked comfortably with both acrylic and watercolor mediums.
He painted New England, especially the perimeter of the seashore, where light,
weather and tide unite with human activity in a rich pronouncement of man and his life.
He attended Edgartown Schools into High School, eventually graduating from Plainville, Ma.
High School, then spent three years in the U. S. Army, the last thirteen months at the
Eniwetok Atomic Proving Grounds in the Pacific during Operation Redwing. He is an Atomic Veteran.
He earned his B. F. A. degree in painting and drawing at Massachusetts College of Art
and his M. F. A. degree at Rhode Island School of Design.
He iretired from teaching art after 36 years in the Art Department at Thayer Academy.
His paintings span five decades and are included in over one thousand private,
corporate, institutional and museum collections throughout the United States and Europe.
He is listed in Who's Who In America, Who's Who In American Art and Who's Who In American Education.
William passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 25, 2017.