At the age of 15, under the name ‘W Spring’ and encouraged by the cartoonist Larry and the artist Paul Hogarth, William began contributing cartoons to Private Eye, Punch and the Spectator.
During his 20s, William lived in Sydney where he produced background paintings for various animated features. He has also worked as an archaeological illustrator – an activity that led him to ‘all sorts of hot and uncomfortable places’, including the Western Sahara.
Having written and illustrated over a dozen picture books for children (under the pseudonym Alborozo) William has now returned to his love of natural history painting producing watercolour drawings with the philosophy that there is nothing in nature that is not beautiful. The decision to pursue this work was quickly rewarded by the approach of a publisher to produce a natural history book; I am Beautiful will be published by Pavilion Books in 2022.