Bill was born in Bangor Maine in 1939. At the earliest possible opportunity he joined the navy and served on the SS Timmerman and in Germany. Upon discharge, he took the next bus to New York, knowing that that was the place to start his cartooning career.   He says he didn't know how bad he was so he began submitting his work.

In 1962, he sold his first cartoon to Saturday Review. He worked a variety of day jobs until making his first sale to The New Yorker in 1975 to which he has contributed to this day . In addtion he has appeared in Playboy, National Lampoon,  Audobon. The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine and Barrons to name a few. He has published a collection of his own work: "Fish and Moose News" as well as a childrens books: "Whose Birthday is it Anyway?". He has also illustrated the work of others such as Eva LaGallienne's "The Spider and Other Stories" and "Beverly and Marigold" by Val Coleman, again to name few.

In 2000 Bill retired to Maine where he still does cartoons but mainly practices in his true love, plein air (outdoor) painting.  On this website you can view the fruits of his labors.