"I always loved drawing and that was the emphasis they placed on a student at Elam in the late 1950s. That led to a job as an artist in advertising at Farmers, followed by work as an artist and designer at NZ Herald, then at National Publicity Studios in Wellington.
Since the 1980s my main interest has been painting.
The artists that influence my approach to art most are the French Impressionists. The way their work responded to and recorded for the future, their lives and the places they lived in.
They showed through drawing colour and light the miracles that surrounded them. That seems to me a good approach to take in painting today."
Some of Bill MacCormick's small paintings can be found in the Small Paintings Gallery