Raised on a New Hampshire dairy farm, Bill Colligen spent his childhood attuned to the ebb and flow of country life. During abeyance from daily chores he was often found in Nature documenting his milieu. Bill and his family relocated to Arizona when he was a teenager and in 1966 he traded the charm of Arizona for the mystique of Los Angeles. Subsequent years saw Bill performing various unfulfilling jobs, but his dream of being an artist remained. In 1992 Bill returned to Arizona and within a few years he had discovered the medium for his creative vision; a humble gourd. He was almost 50 years old and felt that his life was just beginning. Bill has always enjoyed the natural world and gourds, albeit a unique canvas represented the perfect union of art and Nature
Bill is a self-taught artist. His process begins not with an elaborately planned layout, but with one line (or a dot) and an idea. Each exquisite detail that follows flows from his imagination. Its apparent Bill's forte is detail; each piece is meticulously crafted with endless patienceandskill. The result is a stunning work of art exhibiting beauty, balance and tranquility.
Numerous awards have been bestowed on Bill's pieces including Best of Show at the Sante Fe Plaza Arts Festival 2010 and Sedona Arts Festival 2010.
Intention Vessels™ is a collaborative project between renowned artist, Bill Colligen and Yoga devotee, Lance Thomas. Almost immediately upon meeting Bill, Lance had a vision of imbuing his artwork with spirituality; therefore, giving people another reason to purchase his beauteous works of art. By adorning Bill's artwork with auspicious symbols, one could now utilize these pieces to serve a loftier purpose; a home for your intention. The supernal imagery that is hand carved into an Intention Vessel™ is capable of revealing various shades of meaning, according to the experiences and life needs of the individual. Setting an intention and placing it inside your chosen vessel begins the journey towards the realization of your dream. May you set your intention and dream with care.