MARION – He’s an artist extraordinaire whose expertise prospered from the beneficial and endured throughout the tragic.
“I was inspired by my loved ones and instructors,” claimed William Obenour, “most of all, Sally George at Pleasurable Significant Faculty.”
“I was impressed by my father’s images and my grandmother’s and her sister’s [Margaret Obenour and Freda Thorpe] paintings,” Obenour extra.
He also experienced a younger sister Judy and an older brother Allen.
“My brother, who was two yrs more mature, passed absent at age 21 from a mind aneurism,” he mentioned. “Soon after that, l was not inspired.”
Obenour subsequently went into the meals and beverage field in Columbus “for a long time.” During people several years, he did some paintings and drawings. But it wasn’t until eventually he returned household to Marion in 2007 that he began doing his artwork entire-time.
“I was inspired by my mom and dad — and after a buddy took me to the Marion Popcorn Pageant artwork display, which motivated me yet again,” he mentioned.
Obenour grew up on Marion Marysville Highway in the vicinity of Marion Country Club.
“As a kid I would, at instances, love drawing and portray,” he recalled. “I imagined about turning out to be a priest, a fireman or police officer, along with, maybe, an artist.”
He went to Pleasurable Schools, then graduated from Columbus Higher education of Art & Design.
“I required to go into trend design and illustration,” he mentioned, “yet I excelled at painting.”
After his schooling, and right after his brother’s passing, Obenour labored “at many higher-amount dining establishments.” These times, nevertheless, he enjoys doing abstracts and photorealism, “and combining the two to build some thing distinctive.”
“My artwork, I would say, has designed in excess of the past number of several years,” he observed. “I like getting my have pictures to use for my artwork. I love doing my murals these days, too.”
Most a short while ago, he’s been doing work on the Korean War mural in downtown Marion.
“My murals are performed from the heart,” he reported. “They’re motivated by the visions I get when l have a dialogue with a man or woman to do that site.”
“William is a fantastic particular person,” assessed regional artist Ben Kern. “I’ve recognized him for about 12 years and have labored with him at the Guild for practically as long, and I tremendously admire his generosity and devotion in sharing his art/time/power with our group. He goes higher than and outside of with each and every undertaking he requires on. His perception for composition and coloration decision are often just right. His most modern mural do the job at Harbor Seafood and the Marion County Building are excellent examples of this.”
“Life is a journey,” Obenour responded, “and it’s been an interesting journey, for absolutely sure. I’m performing the most effective I can, to make the major big difference I can. It is a single day, and 1 job, at a time right until each and every one is completed.”
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