Abstract painter William Turner ’65 embraces the unexpected.

William Turner ’65 first fell in love with art as a child growing up in Lakewood, Wash.

His family stopped at a restaurant on the way home from a trip to Seattle, and he was fascinated by the colorful paintings that hung on the walls. Later, he became interested in drawing.

It was the beginning of a prolific abstract painting career that would span decades. His work has won numerous awards and has been exhibited in a number of museums in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Next year, it’s scheduled to be the focus of an exhibition at Ryan James Fine Arts in Kirkland, Wash.