Willard Bond’s legacy spans over five decades as an abstract artist turned marine artist, where he created hundreds of original watercolor and oil paintings. Willard was born in Colfax, Wash., in June 7, 1926. His family later moved to Lewiston, Idaho. He found his passion as a teenager sailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. When not sailing, he worked for several summers as a fire spotter for the United States Forest Service.
After serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago, then moved to New York to study at the Pratt Institute, from which he graduated in 1949.
in 1976, he became the pier master at the South Street Seaport where he welcomes the tall ships of Operation Sail to New York Harbor for the bicentennial celebration.
Willard Bond’s work lines the walls of thousands of home- particularly those of avid sailors. He created paintings, not around what boats look like, but what it feels like to be aboard or nearby watching them move fast, often inches from each other.
His work on original watercolor and oil paintings showcase his passion of everything from cruising sailboats to America’s Cup yachts.
Willard passed away in May 2012 survived by his daughter, Gretchen Bond de Limur and commemorated with a New Hork obituary. His daughter is keeping the legacy of his art alive by managing the limited edition Giclee/ reproductionson behalf if his state.
His work is exclusively shown in Key West and represented by Art On Duval, A Procaccini Gallery.