William North (Sept. 6, 1927-Oct. 13, 2011) was a distinguished painter of the tropical Florida scene. An early interest in art and painting resulted in his assignment as an artist correspondent in the U.S. Army (1945-47) and the fulfillment of a lifelong desire to carry on the tradition of the great age of impressionism by painting landscapes outdoors and still lifes in his studio.
His oil paintings of local landscapes and still lifes, completed over 60 years in and around Toms River, New Jersey, Mystic, Connecticut, and ultimately Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, have been represented in galleries throughout the U.S., and in collections in Moscow and Tokyo.
Since 1990, after settling in Fort Myers with his wife Colleen, he was noted for his realistic portrayals of Florida oranges and citrus groves. Together they spent the next twenty-one years exploring and painting the natural beauty of Sanibel Island, Naples and Fort Myers. In 1994 they discovered a painter’s paradise at Delnor-Wiggins Beach and Pass State Park in Naples. After long hours spent painting on location en plein aire, he went looking for something to paint in his studio. The Florida juice oranges he found at produce stands became subjects for his still lifes.
In 2004, he was the first Lee County artist to be invited to exhibit in the Governor’s Gallery in the State Capital Complex in Tallahassee. In February 2007 the Department of Environmental Protection and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples named him their first “Artist in Residence”. Another goal was realized in 2011 when he published “Florida Artist: Wm. North – His Life & Art” and a second book about painting Florida citrus, “Florida Citrus in Fine Art: Paintings of the Golden Harvest”.
My father enjoyed the life he led as a painter in southwest Florida, exploring the abundant natural beauty he and my mother found there. I'm proud to keep his impressionist visions of southwest Florida available. Just contact me.