“I have been making art in one form or another for over forty years. Ultimately, the years have led me to try and put any pretentiousness aside and give commonplace things a sense of poetry. I seek a noble vision of mankind, of nature . . . what you see is part of my journey.” — W. Truman Hosner
Born in 1950, Detroit native William Truman Hosner (Bill to his friends) earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Wayne State University, and went on to study illustration at the Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit.
During his seventeen-year career as a professional illustrator, Hosner produced brilliant illustrations for Reader’s Digest, General Motors, Field and Stream Magazine, CBS-Fox Video, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In the early 1990s—at the peak of a very successful career in commercial art—Hosner re-dedicated himself to fine art painting, intent upon building a new career which would allow him the freedom to grow artistically as well as spiritually. To further develop his artistic abilities, he enrolled in the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Arizona, where he studied under two Master Painters, Harley Brown and Dan Gerhartz.
Over the past twenty years, Hosner had the honor of the friendship and personal mentoring of Max Altekruse, who post-World War II was a student of the distinguished Frank Reilly, of the Art Students League of New York, who apprenticed under the renowned Dean Cornwell.
W. Truman Hosner is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a Master Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies, Maitre Pastelliste for the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, and a Distinguished Master with the Pastel Society of the West Coast.