Water gilding is one of the earliest forms of gilding. It is also one of the more sought after, as it has the ability to present a work of art like none other. A lost art of sorts, water gilding takes gesso, rabbit skin glue, bole,(earth clay) and a variety of golds to create. I have a passion for this art form. I would gild for anyone wanting there art displayed as such. Although I have worked with "period" profiles, to create looks from other places & times, I most recently have gilded with a minimal approch, bringing a more contemporary look and freshness to the art itself. This latter look is less expensive, and more suited to the everyday paintings done today. I still will carve a simple corner treatment from time to time, as carving is another area I like to go.
Hello, my name is Bill Whalberg. I've been working in several areas of the arts industries. Sign painting is one of these. Since 1976, (when I finished my schooling in commercial art & advertising.) " Freelance " is the area I fell into mainly. I wanted to remain independent, as the sense of freedom has a way of directing my path. Once a sign guy, always a sign guy, was the chant. However, other areas of interest joined in. I took an interest in oil painting in those earlier years. I had painted and sold art to many people, some from around the world. I spent a great deal of time painting, displaying, and even teaching this subject in the 1980's. By the early 1990's, I had aquired a family, ( Wife Renee, and 3 children, son Wes, Daughters Mindy & Heather. I took a job at an Art Pubishing Company, as we always needed the money to keep the fires burning. There, is where I learned to Gild. I loved it. It was something new, yet old as art itself, cool! Trained by one of the top gilders in the country, (Rodger Neilsen, a.k.a. Master Framers.) I was fortunate to make gold gilded frames for the Russian art that was being introduced to an American public for the first time. The owner wanted a look different from the big gilding houses. My job was to devise a "look" new to all this. Which I did. It was the beginning of the end for me. Difficulty with other people and the path of least resistance lead me to the door. Freelancer once again, (wHo-Ho!)
Trinity Episcopal Church of Excelsior approched me about
gilding a cross for their sancuary. They had a design in mind,
and wondered if I could be able to produce it.
They wanted celtic knotting gilded, along with the "framing"
( front, sides & back ) of the cross.
The cross was constructed and delivered to my home studio,
where I did the gilding.
(The cross was surface gilded, or oil gilded.)
The illustration was rendered by another artist.
Trinity Episcolpal Church of Excelsior is one of the