William J. Zeigler (Bill) was first recognized for his watercolors and drawings of Manayunk, Society Hill, and other areas of Philadelphia. Drawing was the backbone of his work, and color was very important. He used both to move the viewer around the work and to its focus. Whimsy often characterized his later work, and paintings such as "Arrowhead Universe" and "Stable Such a Striped Steed", which carried deeper meaning, were sometimes biographical.
Bill grew up in Philadelphia. Drawing and painting were important to him at a very early age. He turned down an art scholarship upon graduation from high school in order to help support the family. Later, he married M. Louise Sell, had a daughter, Louise A
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