Smile for the camera!

Practically born with a camera in his hand in 1949, Bill Theis started his own photography business at the age of 16 with portrait, wedding, and commercial photography.  Besides being employed as photojournalist for the local newspaper and high school annual, he lettered in Football, not as a player but as the team movie photographer!  During these years, Bill was living on a Texas farm where his creative side was nurtured by many abstract images of farm implements and old buildings.  His interest in photography never waned while he attended college and post-graduate school, culminating in a PhD in Physics.  He then purchased his first view camera when he moved to Ohio, where he photographed the Midwest, the Appalachian Mountains, and Canada complemented with annual trips west of the Rockies beginning in 1966, which continue to this day.  Bill retired from the US Navy in China Lake, CA and has relocated to the Sonoma wine country. Bill’s photographs from over 40 years of dedication to photography can be found internationally in private collections and was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Shanghai Library.


Work on display at Sebastopol Gallery 150 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA 95472 starting Dec 2018. 

Sonoma County Art Trails Open Studios, Sebastopol Center for the Arts annually since Oct 2018.

Art at the Source Open studios at, Sebastopol Center for the Arts annually since June 2013.

Multiple acceptances into juried exhibitions at the Sebastapol Center for the Arts, Sebastapol, CA. 

5 Nov 2016:  One man show “Intimate landscapes of Magic Places” at Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa, CA.

4 Nov 2008: “Classic Moment – The American West Photography Exhibit” at the Public Library, Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China.

6 Nov 2006:  One man show at Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology in Dayton, OH.