William took a sabbatical in 2009 and spent three months in the United States where he had studio space at an artists’ cooperative on the historic Lincoln Highway in the western state of Iowa. Whilst there, he visited the studio and landscapes where painter Grant Wood worked. The exposure to Wood’s work developed into a collaboration on the book “Grant Wood’s Iowa” which discusses the Midwestern regionalist group of painters and directs readers to the museum collections and landscapes that figure predominantly. The group of painters were active during the Roosevelt administration and participated in a great number of public art projects which Grant Wood administered before he received a teaching post at University of Iowa.
The work that William painted during his sabbatical
stay in the States has been purchased for the private collections of prominent