Growing up along the shores of Lake Michigan and wandering the woods and fields of his native Wisconsin gave Bill Gallen an early appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Gallen graduated from the University of Wisconsin having studied German and History and spent a year abroad at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Plans to pursue an academic career gave way when he moved to Colorado with his brother, following the call of a boyhood interest in the Rocky Mountains. Nuturing a life long interest in art, Gallen studied painting and drawing in his free time. A fortuitous encounter with the landscape painter David Ballew lead him to a lineage of teachers that remain lifelong friends, principally Michael Lynch, Ned Jacob, Chuck Volz and Paul Van Munching. Gallen currently resides in New Mexico where he enjoys painting landscapes, particularly location pieces. Gallen’s paintings are included in private, corporate and museum collections across the country.