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William Storck


b. 1957

William Storck, was born in 1957 in Pennsylvania, but moved to the Maryland farm his grandfather had established in l880. Storck can trace his roots deep in the Maryland soil where his ancestors arrived in the l600's. Artistic talent is abundant throughout the Storck family. His brother is a master cabinet maker, his sisters include an artist and a dancer, and his mother worked with porcelain. All are accomplished musicians as well.

Storck graduated from Key School and went to Windham College to study journalism. Halfway through his first semester he switched to art, much to his parents’ surprise. After college, he studied with the master painter, Naoto Nakagawa, in Vermont for one year before he finished his formal training in art at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. He has painted professionally since l980.

Known for both his still life and marine work, Storck has recently turned his concentration to maritime paintings. He draws inspiration from his love of sailing and his personal observations of traditional Chesapeake built schooners and skipjacks still sailing and working on the Bay. The influence of J.M.W. Turner, James Hamilton and Fitz Hugh Lane can be seen in his highly detailed renderings of the ships as well as the dramatic sunsets that often illuminate his backgrounds.

In l981, William Storck had his first solo show in Annapolis, MD, which completely sold out. Since then, he has had several solo shows and has participated in many group shows throughout the East Coast.  A recent large oil painting of sailing on the Severn River hangs in the new Alumni Hall at the United States Naval Academy. His work is in several permanent collections, including the St. John’s College as well as numerous corporate collections and over 400 private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.