William Dec: From ad man to painter
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William Dec: From ad man to painter

William Dec works on a piece in his studio in the basement of his Lewes home. RON MACARTHUR PHOTOS William Dec’s Lewes studio is filled with watercolors documenting his life and times. There are paintings of places he has lived and visited, rural vistas and seashore scenes, and even some with his grandchildren. Dec grew up in Brooklyn, where he lived until he moved to Newark 16 years ago and then Lewes six years ago, where a whole new series of landscapes and seashore scenes has opened for him to paint. Dec says growing up he was always drawing. He laughs when he recalls how his father told him he was wasting his time. Although Dec has some formal art training, most of his training has been on the job. His first job was at a retouching studio before he landed a job at a small advertising agency. He would spend the next 25 years in the ad agency world as an art director during the time period highlighted in the former hit TV show, “Mad Men.” Along the way, he took a class in watercolors and was hooked on painting for the rest of his life. He said […]

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