Bill Abler

Artist

Bill Abler is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Development Counseling at UIS. Working in a broadly representational style in oil, pastel, and charcoal, his subjects include portraits, figures, landscapes, and still lifes. Art and aesthetics also figure prominently in his teaching research and clinical theory developmental initiatives.

Bill B.

Sep 28, 2015
Bill B.
Bill Abler

My concept for this portrait was to capture something of the kindness and gentleness in the person and the face of my brother-in-law, Bill. When I presented the painting to him, I extolled the sweetness in the expression looking back at us, asking Bill if he could possibly say, "no" to a face like that. Bill studied his painted face for a moment, furrowed his brow, and then declared, "You're right! If that guy asked me for a loan, I'd have to give him money!"

Oil on Canvas

16 x 20

Not for Sale

Currently on Show

Sherry

Dec 18, 2014
Sherry
Bill Abler

"The model for this piece assumed a pose that cried out to be captured in paint. To my eye, Sherry “owned” the space she occupied in the studio with a quiet dignity and strength that evoked the indomitability of the human spirit. Her feet planted firmly on the floor, her head turned upward toward the light, her eyes looking beyond the present moment toward a future in which her resolve will surely prevail – what an extraordinarily powerful and compelling image!

Le Chapeau Jaune (The Yellow Hat)
Bill Abler

"For me, the very best models or “sitters” bring a quality of presence to the process of posing that challenges the painter to find the requisite tools to respond in a meaningful way. Simply “holding still” does not constitute a “quality of presence” (indeed, teapots and bowls of fruit have been known to hold a specific pose indefinitely with great precision and reliability!).