bill compton: artwork

About The Artist

Bill Compton in his Studio

Bay Area artist Bill Compton has been illustrating homes for realtors and private individuals since 1979. His work has appeared in countless real estate ads and websites; in addition, he provided illustrations for the book Starting Out, by realtor Dian Hymer (Chronicle Books, 1997).

Bill began his love affair with drawing and photography at an early age. He attended Oakland's California College of Arts and Crafts, and in 1972 was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, specializing in Photography. After a short career as a house painter, he felt the need to make better use of his talent and training. So he decided to try drawing houses rather than painting them. That decision has resulted in the creation of more than 25,000 "house portraits" over the years.

The artist, age 13.the artist, age 13

In 1999, he introduced watercolor as an option to his well-known pen and ink drawings, and his paintings quickly became popular. Always looking for new ways to improve and enhance his craft, in 2008, he returned to his photographic roots. Now, in addition to drawings and watercolors, he offers the service of real estate photography. Bill brings 36 years of experience to his drawings, paintings, and photographs. He enjoys working with the real estate community, and looks forward to continuing his career well into the new century.