William Parker Stouffer
William Parker Stouffer was born in 1946 in Wabash, Indiana. His mother was a Jewish artist and photographer, and his father was a Quaker farmer. Raised a Quaker, his future was formed by both Testaments of the Bible through his parents.
The third generation to live at “Never Finished”, the family farm with it’s 1848 Gothic farmhouse, Bill shares this land on the banks of the Wabash River with his wife Ellen Stouffer, also a well-known and prolific artist.
Bill has been a painter all his life. He works in several studios including one in the house and one in a large double-storied carriage house. He works in about six different styles depending on his mood. Watercolor, oils, acrylics and assemblages keep his work interesting and lively. His work suggests Braque sometimes, Pollock other times. The paintings Bill produces in the large carriage house are usually very large. Ten feet by 17 feet is a size he greatly enjoys.
His paintings reflect his parentage. The geometry and order of the works is based on his father’s Quaker heritage. The riots of colors and general flamboyance of his work are a gift from his Jewish mother.
Bill won his first major award in 1973 at the prestigious Hoosier Salon in Indianapolis. He has had numerous shows over the last forty years. His last and favorite exhibit was at the Wabash County Historical Museum. He shared that show with his wife Ellen. It was a wonderful event that showcased 45 years of marriage and painting from them both.
Bill is represented by the L’Enfant Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.