BILL BATES was an Advertising Major at the University of Texas. He started as a Cartoonist/Illustrator for the San Francisco Examiner with his cartoon strip “PING” … but he was soon to see the world!
In 1969, Bill discovered the Fiji Islands, not in the Christopher Columbus “discover kind-of-way”, but aboard the S.S. Mariposa. Over the years he returned to the islands many times to produce lithographs of the Fiji Islanders. Full-length Bates portraits of Fiji’s Highest Chiefs hang in the Fiji National Museum. Bill joined the Royal Viking Line in 1979, becoming the Assistant Cruise Director in 1988. Since then he created 28 Pen & Ink Sketch Books that included his 14 world cruises.
Bill moved to Carmel in 1972 and that same year he started weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone. In 2006 he became the resident cartoonist for the Monterey County Herald and a beloved Carmelite to all of us. Bill passed in June 2009 at 79 years young. He is missed by all who knew him.Bates specialized in portraits (humans and animals), cartoons and caricatures in various mediums: Graphite and Colored Pencil on gesso, Pen & Ink and Acrylics.
Bates work still proudly hangs in the Carmel-by-the-Sea Post Office and also continues to grace the walls of CVAA at Valley Girls Gallery in the beautiful Carmel Valley and in our coloring book “COLORS”. Bill was a founding director of the Carmel Valley Art Association.