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A landscape artist, Bill Atkins, was born in Mississippi and first came West to study at the University of New Mexico, where he earned a degree in Fine Arts. During the late 40's, he had the opportunity to study with western artists often referred to as the Taos group, including Oscar Berninghaus, Randall Davey, and Kenneth Adams. Surprisingly enough, even this brush with the masters of the old west didn't cause Atkins to stray from his first love, the landscape. Atkins tells us, "I've always considered myself a naturalist first and foremost, even with the Western and Indian influences around me. I've been taken with the landscape since studying the works of Cezannne and Monet. They were great talents at rendering mother nature at her best and were not afraid to alter imperfections to suit the beauty of their canvas," he emphasized. After teaching throughout the 60's and 70's, with the last four years at Eastern Arizona College, Atkins decided to devote himself entirely to his painting. Reference: www.askart.com

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