William Bartlett knew from an early age that he would be an artist. He became a member of the Copley Society of Boston at age seventeen and soon after attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dissatisfied with their traditional program, he traveled to Monhegan Island, Maine to study with artist, Don Stone. After studying with Stone, he spent the next four years learning to paint in watercolor with artist Joseph Santoro.
William was impassioned to continue his education as a traditional realist and sought the advice of several classically trained and respected artists. They advised him to study with Paul Ingbretson, a former student of the famous Boston School artist, R. H. Ives Gammell. William took their advice and began studying the Boston School methods with Ingbretson. He began his training copying plaster casts and drawing the figure from life. He then learned paint manipulation and composition working on still life and portraits.
William felt obliged to pass "the baton" and eventually began teaching at the Ingbretson Studios. He continues to teach whenever possible and feels it further strengthens his traditional artistic belief in sound fundamentals.
Working mainly in oils, William Bartlett's specialties are portraits, landscapes, still life and complex studio pieces. His sense of visual order and craftsmanship give his paintings a timeless integrity. He credits Zorn, Vermeer, Homer and Repin among others, as providing a strong visual influence. In addition, William feels that his understanding of the work of Spanish artist Velazquez has helped him bring his own work to a higher level. Sculptor, Walker Hancock, has also been a constant inspiration throughout William Bartlett's life. During many visits to Hancock's studio, he admired Hancock's sense of form and beauty as well as his hard work and dedication to his craft.
William Bartlett's paintings hang in many private and corporate collections. Recently, he was a participating artist in the historic exhibition, New England Impressions, Painting from Life, hosted by the Attleboro Museum.
William Bartlett maintains a studio in Massachusetts.