Bill experienced a lot in his lifetime. He was born in abject poverty. As a child, he grew up in the aftermath of World War I. He was drafted into the Wehrmacht during an even more horrific war. His father was murdered by the Nazi’s for standing against the fascists. Bill couldn’t help being an observer of his fellow man. He was adamantly anti-war. But more importantly he was against the idea that any human being had control over another.
In this vignette, Bill laments the treatment of those brave men who built the railroads through the mountains. In a way, Bill’s painting was therapeutic for him. In this 100th year of his birth, we celebrate Bill, the inspirational role model for us all.