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Creating from God’s gifts

Photo by Christy Porter
“Is this your boot?” Actually this boot belongs to artist Bill Price (pictured) and is created out of curved bark. On an outing with granddaughter Jami Shelton and great-grandchildren Trenton and Cecily, Trenton found the curved bark and brought it to Papa. Trenton saw a T-shirt, but Price kept seeing a boot. After endless hours collecting elements and creating the details, others can now see the boot on display at the Texas County Museum of Art & History. Price hopes that you enjoy his vision of what nature presents us every day.

By Christy Porter, Managing Editor

William “Bill” Price has always been creating artwork; born and raised in the woodlands of Old Success and Boiling Springs, Mo., he still collects rocks, wood pieces and other items of interest that spark appreciation and artistic inspiration.

He credits his childhood friend, Bobby Huff, as an inspiration. As youngsters they would roam the woods and walk along the river at Roubidoux, sometimes spending the night, finding treasures that would become the subjects of artwork and drawings.

“Bobby could draw anything,” shared Price.

Very likely Price could as well, if his paintings and drawings are any indication.

Photos by Christy Porter, Art by Bill Price

His collection of artwork includes multi-dimensional pieces, pencil drawings and oil paintings. Much of his work incorporates intricate and detailed renditions of nature and western themes. Price uses his artwork to inspire others as well as to share his talent. Using shadow and light with color, each viewer can enjoy their own perception and experience their own emotion in the observation.

Photos by Christy Porter, Price family art

As he seeks to inspire, family members and others have inspired him; his personal collection includes a feather drawing done by his granddaughter, Ryan Bowersox. Price was inspired to also do a feather piece, adding some ribbon dimension, sharing with her a great compliment to her work. His son Brian’s pottery pencil drawing also inspired Bill to do a similar still life. Unfortunately health reasons have handicapped his intricate painting ability.

Photos by Christy Porter, Three-dimensional art by Bill Price

Photo by Christy Porter
Bill Price is pictured with his three-dimensional eagle art that shares a story.

Price’s three-dimensional artwork made from collected treasures include the boot, a tomahawk and an eagle. Each piece of artwork is a story for Price. He shared that the eagle, created of bark, feathers and discarded items, is trying to restore a fallen American flag to its rightful place. He’s currently working on a baseball birdhouse and an armadillo, and is adding light to the cross atop a church birdhouse.

“Growing up with Dad, there was never a dull moment,” shared Diana Shelton, Price’s daughter. Her father’s creativity was expressed in the home and especially at holidays.

Prior to retirement Price was in civilian service at Ft. Leonard Wood and was a Free Will Baptist minister, whose ministry began in Old Success. His creativity has not been exclusive to artwork but also includes writing, both poetry and songs. The words and music to his songs were created by Rev. William H. Price, with the musical arrangements by Modene Pierson, and have been copyrighted.

“What a wonderful life I’ve had; I’m so thankful for how I’ve been blessed. I always remember that there are so many good and great people, all made by the same touch,” said a joyful Price.


  1. Beverly Huff James on April 13, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Bill was happy to see your wonderful artwork in the Licking News Online. You are very talented, as well as your family, and I am glad to be an old time friend.

  2. Judy A Bates on April 14, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Wonderful works of arts and crafts. I will definitely visit the museum the next time I am in the area.

  3. Judy Parsons on April 14, 2022 at 9:44 am

    My sister and I had a chance for a short visit with Bill last fall. We are cousins. What a delight to see some of his creations. I remember as children we loved being with him and his sister. We all went to Gladden school. For a short time. Bill is a wonderful person and I hope to get to see him again soon. His art is remarkable and I am so glad to see him being recognized for his wonderful talent

  4. Patricia Douglas on April 14, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Bill, you do very nice work, and it was good to read about your life and family.

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