The only son of an artist father, William Whitaker’s fondest memories are of sights, sounds and smells of the art studio. He had access to the finest art materials and was painting in watercolor and oil at the age of six. The art world of his youth was the brave new world of abstract expressionism and until he was well out of college, his natural inclination to draw accurately and his love for traditional realism was a source of inner conflict. He received a thorough grounding in academic figure drawing and painting from the portrait painter Alvin Gittins at the University of Utah. A professional artist since 1965, he also has been a university art professor, conducted art workshops, and works with advanced students. No matter what direction his art takes him, he always comes back to the model in the studio, the form bathed in light coming down from a high north window. Believing the value of painting is to be found in its spiritual power, and told all his life that the painting style he loves is dead, Whitaker takes quiet comfort in lovingly capturing something the camera cannot see.