About William Brisland


About William Brisland

William Brisland  is a Canadian of Scottish descent, landing in Toronto, Canada in 1974 where he worked in his profession of Commercial Interior Design.

Now in semi retirement mode, he is spending time doing his favourite pastime of water colour painting.  

The subjects most loved by the artist are scenes by the harbours, especially those witnessed along the east coast of Canada such as Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, in the Bay of Fundy, alongside Trinity Bay and Fogo Island in Newfoundland, where the conversation and warmth of the local inhabitants is inspiring and up lifting.

His philosophy in his design practice over the years is one of “giving back” and William has strived to keep this principle alive and well by imparting some of his knowledge on a part time and guest lecturer basis to the students of the interior design department at Humber College over the last 30 years. He also volunteers at the ReStore which is part of the Habitat for Humanity community.

William works solely on 140 lb cold pressed water colour paper, as it has a texture and tooth on the surface that welcomes the brush and pigment without having to wrestle the colours into submission.