Video Short: Bill Snider, Artist


This video accompanies a profile on Boulder artist Bill Snider, published Nov. 4, 2016 on Under the Flatirons.

Music by HiFi Cali, “Got Me Fallin” – used with permission.


[music: HiFi Cali, “Got Me Fallin”]

Bill Snider: This one, it’s been cut out.

Kelsey Simpkins: Bill Snider is a multi-media artist based in Boulder, Colorado. In his basement studio, he plans and paints artworks that involve a multi-layered process, covering and revealing lines, splatters, and geometric patterns.

Snider: I don’t know if, the camera probably can’t see it, but where it’s cut out, it’s kind of shiny. And then I’ve started painting over it, and all of these colors that are on here, will again go on top of this. Which is what makes up, these colors make up the background. Then I’ll actually peel off the rest of the stencil and it’ll leave these exposed places. The background will be a new square right here, it’ll be a different color…


I see a lot of blank stares when I explain this to people.

Simpkins: As part of the process, paint covers almost every available surface in Snider’s studio. His interest in art is one of curiosity, experimentation, and inspiration from others. But he’s got a no frills philosophy in his work: painting with basic brushes, paint from the hardware store, and letting the art reveal itself in each step. Between each of, perhaps 12 to 20 layers, Snider sands down his works to create paintings that uniquely reflect his artistic choices and discoveries. That step happens in the garage.

Snider: There’s a big black splatter and the red spots were the first thing that went down.

[sound of sanding]