William H Skerritt:
My art is largely informed by my other interests including my profession, geology, science, and history. It is also influenced by my fascination with certain places, with ruins, with relics, and with the bizarre. Not having any formal instruction in art, I improvised with drawing and painting. From 1975 until the early 1990s, my principal medium was scrimshaw, which I sold on Nantucket. In the late 1990s, I received instruction in printmaking, principally from Linda K. Ryder at RCCA in Troy, NY. My principal printmaking media are etching, aquatint, drypoint, and linocut. I have taught courses and workshops in etching, drypoint, linocut, and drawing distortions at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, in Troy, NY.
Beginning in 2000, I participated in various local juried shows and had two solo shows, one at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, in Troy, of prints and assemblages, and another at Troy City Hall, of etchings of local interest. Several of my prints appeared in an issue of the now-defunct arts magazine, Salvage, including the cover. Since 2003, my etchings have been included in three shows at the International Print Center New York (IPCNY) in Chelsea. My suite of 8 etchings, Friction, was included in the New Prints, Winter 2009, show at IPCNY, which traveled to Chicago for the 2009 Southern Graphics Council Convention. I have also been included in two shows organized by the New York Society of Etchers, and shown at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park.