The influence of Southern folk culture and many diverse life experiences are incorporated in the eclectic paintings of William Hemmerling.
Bill was born in Chicago and migrated to Ponchatoula, a small town in Louisiana near New Orleans, some thirty years ago, where he was a visual artist for Sears setting up interior store displays. He is an untrained artist, having had no formal training, yet his work reflects sophistication in both subject matter and materials used. Bill is constantly searching for and using “found” materials and objects which frequently suggest the subject and theme of the painting.
There is an element of fantasy in much of his work and he often paints in the early morning hours inspired by fleeting memory of a night’s dream. He also explores single themes series such as Cotton, The Preacher and the Washwoman, Jazz Musicians, Famous People, Architecture, and a number of spiritual themes. But, he is best known for his image of a sweet, African American woman named “Sweet Olive”.
His love of people, his enthusiasm and interest in the creative process, his humble and somewhat “off beat” nature, lends excitement and energy to his work.
William Hemmerling originals are shown exclusively at his gallery within the Louisiana Furniture and Art Gallery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. His giclee reproductions are sold at many select galleries throughout the United States.