Growing up along the shores of Lake Michigan and wandering the woods and fields of his native Wisconsin gave Bill Gallen an early appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Gallen graduated from the University of Wisconsin having studied German and History and spent a year abroad at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Plans to pursue an academic career gave way when he moved to Colorado with his brother, following the call of a boyhood interest in the Rocky Mountains.
Nurturing a lifelong interest in art, Gallen studied painting and drawing in his free time. A fortuitous encounter with the landscape painter David Ballew led him to a lineage of teachers that remain, lifelong mentors, principally Michael J. Lynch and Ned Jacob.
Gallen currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He participates in shows across the country and is represented by The Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, and Donna Heinley Fine Arts Taos, NM