Artist Bill Suttles graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. An artist for over 30 years, his painterly landscapes and figurative works in oil and pastel have been appearing in galleries around the Southeast for two decades. What began as a career in illustration, with commissions from publishers and national corporations such as Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, and Lockheed, has evolved into a full-time, happy commitment to doing hiw own work, for his own reasons, in his own way. His traditional academic education provided a foundation that he sought to move beyond, as all artists must who hope to find a way to say something unique, important to them and possibly to others. He maintains a studio in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia, where he finds a visual feast available to him just outside his door.