Will Kefauver returned to painting after many years as an illustrator, then graphic designer, then art director and executive in the publishing industry.
He has studied at Whittier College and the Katonah Arts Center and has both studied and been an instructor at the School of Visual Arts. His course of study has included instruction from Robert Speier, Milton Glaser, William P. Duffy and Jock MacRae.
Among the artists who've influenced him most heavily, Kefauver cites Corot for his use of atmospheric perspective, Frank Benson for the energy of his composition and Wolf Kahn, who can find color anywhere.
Kefauver's work has been selected for appearance in juried shows across the country. He has received awards from the National Society of Artists, the Lake Wales Arts Council, the Art Director's Club, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and The One Show. His work has been featured in Art Direction, the North County News, Advertising Techniques and Idea magazines.
Will is a signature member of the National Society of Artists and and an Elected Member of the Kent Art Association where he also serves as Vice President of their Board of Directors.
He can often be found along a roadside or in a field — painting in oils, en plein air. His work depicts the moods of the landscapes of New York and New England, from the apple trees of a Westchester farm to the beaches of Martha's Vineyard.
Light is the source of all painting, nature changing in moments and always new. Each rock, tree and meadow is repainted with each tick of the clock and the job is to snatch the right moment from the changing gallery presented.
Through surface, the painting becomes an object of its own, itself changing with each movement of light. Carrying the work from room to room, outside and in; each gives a painting a new light of its own.
Color, new, too, with every new stroke of the brush. Each new stroke presenting a relationship changed from those coming before. The first washes and daubs produce massive change in those relationships; successive ones offer more subtle shifts until, toward the end, only nuance. The process of "sorting it out."
These are the tools: light, surface and color. Through these, I work to make my paintings recollections of places you may have been, may have wanted to be, moments in a day fondly remembered.
Painting helps me hold on to my own memories of places and moments. Though many times I use photos as reference, these are views from the hillside I've wandered, the beach I've walked and the rain I've felt on my face.
Through the act of painting I can be in these times again.
Through painting, I can bring form to my memories and relive a time in the fog on the beach, a crisp afternoon on a farm or in the mountains. These are the parts of life I can bring to canvas and they allow a touching others and a sharing of my wonder that I could have seen that cloud or felt that wave.
January 30, 2004