You know, when some people retire they play a lot of golf or they sit around wondering what will happen next. Not Bill Dirkes. You’ll find him all around the tri-state with his paints, pallet, easel, and camera.
Dirkes is an HHS graduate (1971) and played on two state championship football teams during his high school career. He says, “I was the weakest link on a very good team.”
But he also studied art. And he majored in art in college, but it’s hard to make a living as an artist. So after a successful career in the billboard advertising industry he can finally focus on painting.
Resn8 Studio, on Fairfield Avenue at Foote Avenue in Bellevue, will host Dirkes in a one man show from September 6 through October 26. Dirkes said, “It’s an opportunity that I work hard for. My work is good enough to be sought after. I’m always amazed and humbled that someone wants to give me their money for something I’ve done.” That genuine humility masks a true gift, though because these are beautiful pieces indeed.
His subject matter is mostly landscapes, natural portraits. “I relate to it. I like to be outdoors,” he says. “I want to be good enough to entice you to stop and look at a piece of creation.”
Dirkes enjoys the process probably more the final product. He says, “I enjoy the process. The finished product is the validation of the process.” As a bit of a bonus, Dirkes makes many of his frames from reclaimed barn lumber. It adds a warm rustic touch and another level of artistry to the piece knowing that the artist touched every part of the finished piece.
When asked what he learned from his art, Bill Dirkes says, “I like harmony and color. I don’t paint to hurt or disturb. I paint to comfort.”
Bill Dirkes One Man Show
Fairfield Ave. at Foote Ave.
September 6 through October 26