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Artist Profile:  Bill Abel
Jul 16, 2010 --

Bill at his studio.
The Little City

As you may or may not be aware, our featured artist for the month of July has been watercolorist Bill Abel! His show, "Where Art Happens," depicts common scenes from the city of Falls Church using not-so-common watercolor painting techniques, and will be on display at the Park Avenue Gallery through the end of the month. If you haven't already been by to see it, now's your chance!

Bill Abel is a self-taught watercolor artist living and working in the city of Falls Church. His technique develops and evolves as he works, teaches others, and learns, experimenting with different surfaces and papers to discover the unique qualities of each as they react to the medium. You can see an illustrated explanation of Bill's techniques on display by his artwork at the Park Avenue Gallery, including his use of abstract mid-value underpaintings to give balance, temperature, and energy to a piece. When asked about his influences, Bill says:
Claire & Don's
"My apprenticeship with Tony Van Hasselt and Judi Wagner, two internationally popular instructors and masters in their own time, had a big influence. The spirit of my grandfather and syndicated cartoonist Dudley Fisher, whom I never got to meet, but certainly inspired me to practice art as a valid career path."
Washington Market

Bill has been a participant in the Gallery Without Walls program from Falls Church Arts, and his work has appeared all over town at local businesses. He's also done personal and corporate commissions, including a great deal of portraiture. This show, however, focuses on cityscapes of Falls Church. His message is a simple one:

"Art is alive in every person, it’s about heritage, and it’s personal. Any work attempted with sincerity and in an effort to achieve mastery in the process is a work of art!"
For more information about Bill, or to see a full gallery of his work, visit his website, And don't forget to check out his show while it's still up at Park Avenue Gallery inside Art and Frame of Falls Church!


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