It?s clear from his tone Bill Wilson is a proud man,and he has reason to be.

His two sons, Jeff and Will, have followed in his footsteps, making a career out of placing paintbrush to paper and canvas, creating works of art for a living.

After retiring from running his own advertising firm, the senior Wilson, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, "got back into watercolors about eight or nine years back" and built a studio for himself and his sons.

"My son Will has become such a prominent oil painter, nationally known ? he?s painted record albums for Michael Jackson, for postage stamps ... his paintings sell up to six figures. And Jeff, he?s in graphics, he paints with me. He has taken to watercolors and done magnificently. It?s a very difficult medium and he has turned out some beautiful pieces," Mr. Wilson said.

People will have a chance to view the works of the Wilson clan, as well as nine other noted local artists at the exhibit "Celebrate the Joy of Fine Art."

Jeff Wilson, who makes his living doing graphic design, lives in Catonsville near his father, while Will resides in San Francisco.

"I?ve been painting since I was in junior high," Jeff said, noting it was a natural thing for him and his brother to do, "Being around my Dad, we?ve been in art our whole lives. Dad is great, he would show me how to do washes, how watercolors run and dry together, and he?s really good at composition.

"I enjoy the way colors mix and dry, the different textures that are formed. I?m really into skies, the ways to create skies and different effects." Jeff said.

A total of 120 landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figure paintings will be on display by the Wilsons as well as artists Fritz Schuler Briggs, Gavin Brooks, Mary Ruth Buchness, David Good, Andrew Schuler Guerin, Marshall Kinsley, Bernard McGibbon, John Sills and Nancy Wiseman.

According to Bill Wilson, many of the works will be "plenaire," meaning finished in one sitting.

"You sit down at a scene and you complete the painting then and there in two or three hours. It allows you to capture the atmosphere and feeling of that period."


"Celebrate the Joy of Fine Art"

» Venue: 5511 Gallery, 5511 Knollview Court, Catonsville

» Times: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday; the show continues 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec.3

» More info: 410-744-4880