I Try To Stir The Soul: The Paintings of William P. Duffy

At first glance, it’s entirely possible to mistake one of William P. Duffy’s paintings for a window framing a particularly lovely view. A multi-award winning plein oil painter, Duffy works in oils. His many collectors are particularly passionate about Duffy’s nautical works, but he has painted scenes all around the world, including Ireland and the Azores.

  Soft Winter Light From the Artist’s Website

Soft Winter Light From the Artist’s Website

What we like about William’s work is the sense of expansiveness and energy in each piece. Boats on the water appear poised mid-bob; you can almost feel the wind at your back regarding a well-rendered coastline. The word grandeur suggests itself repeatedly; buildings are painted with an imposing gravitas, cloud filled vistas demand the same appreciative regard.

  Clearing Early Fall From the artist’s website

Clearing Early Fall From the artist’s website

Explaining that he approaches painting on three levels, Duffy writes, “Painting is a means to explore composition and express deep-seated spiritual sentiments. I seek out places that are conducive to these ends. A painting must have mood and subtle power.”

For many decades now, Duffy has participated in many group and solo shows, including repeated appearances at Mystic Seaport’s annual Marine Masters Show. One of his paintings was included in the touring exhibit for the American Society of Marine Artists 30th Anniversary National Exhibition. Collectors prize studio paintings as well as the plein air preparatory pieces Duffy paints on location. His work is available from multiple galleries, including the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Christina Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, Quidley and Company, Nantucket, and the J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT.

Willliam P. Duffy participates in the American Fabric Building’s annual Open Studios event. Additionally, he welcomes studio visits by appointment.