"My work sometimes invokes emotional responses from viewers becausethe imagery in my paintings seems familiar and I am committed to depictingthe physical appearance of things in my paintings. The tension betweenabstract and representational art is actually a foundation at the start of mypainting approach (I begin my paintings on a black ground). While thescenes are ultimately recognizable, I initially seek out shapes, forms andcontrasting elements like warm and cool colors, simple and complexpatterns, geometric and organic shapes to begin my paintings. The process is a contrast to the academic way I was trained.In the end, paint texture, surface and light are the primary things I am lookingfor once a painting is completed – and that is what I think many painters areseeking when they consider their own paintings, no matter what the content." Born in New York City, William Low was accepted into NYC's specialized High School of Art & Design where he studied painting with Max Ginsberg and Irwin Greenberg. Low then attended Parson's School of Design in Greenwich Village for his Bachelors' Degree. Later, he received his MA in Illustration with Syracuse University NY. Early clients for his painted illustrations included The New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, The New York Times, Eddie Bauer Inc., LL Bean. Later commissions for paintings and public works art include 10 stamp designs for United States Postal Service and glass murals for Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts & Design program and Rosewood Hotels& Resorts Hong Kong. Low has given workshops, seminars and talks with American Library Association Annual Pre-Conference, Multicultural Children’s Book Festival, Kennedy Center, Syracuse University, NY and the Norman Rockwell Museum in MA. He is a 5 time silver medalist at the Society of Illustrators NY, as well as York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book Award for Old Penn Station, 2009. Parent's Choice Honor Award for Lily, by Abigail Thomas, 1994. Authored books include Chinatown, Henry Holt and Company, 1998, Old Penn Station, Henry Holt and Company, 2007., Machines go to Work, Henry Holt and Company, 2009, Machines go to Work in the City, Henry Holt andCompany, 2012. and Daytime Nighttime, Henry Holt and Company, 2013. Low has illustrated books for T.A. Barron, Eve Bunting, Russell Freedman, Laura Godwin, Brenda Guiberson, Bruce Edward Hall, Amy Littlesugar, Mara Rockliff and Abigail Thomas.Website: