Summer 2021|volume 14|Issue 4

    The Artist: William Daniel Pfahl

    William Daniel Pfahl

    William Daniel Pfahl is a plein-air painter, working in oil and pastel. Based in Pittsburgh, he is best known for his cityscapes and landscapes of surrounding areas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and studied in Rome and Florence, Italy, through the RISD European Honors Program. He furthered his studies at Elmira College in New York and at Studio Incamminati based in Philadelphia. Pfahl remains a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) and Pittsburgh Society of Artists. His work has been exhibited at many local and regional galleries and shows, including Southwestern Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Hoyt Regional, Westmoreland Biennial, and more.

    Pfahl organized and facilitated weekly portrait-painting classes at Panza Gallery in Millvale for five years. He has been teaching summer painting workshops to teens and adults at the Touchstone Center for Crafts since 2007. He taught Visual Arts in the Pittsburgh Public School system for 12 years. Pfahl was also a guest pastel Instructor at La Roche University and has demonstrated oil painting at Community College of Allegheny County, Boyce. He has also demonstrated in art leagues in Bethel Park, Penn Hills, West Hills, and Beaver.

    Pfahl’s work has won numerous awards in local and regional juried exhibitions and generated press features in publications such as PleinAir Magazine, Bluecanvas Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Pittsburgh Magazine.

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