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"I am fascinated by the way water cascades across rock, ripples in the wind and shimmers in the sunlight. In my painting I explore surface patterns, reflections and what lies below the surface. I hope viewers of my work are reminded not only of the beauty of water but of its intrinsic value and how important it is to conserve it and keep it healthy for the well being of ourselves and all life."   — Will Noble

Will Noble was born in New Orleans, raised in San Francisco, and has been a resident of Marin County, California for most of his adult life. He had a career as an animator on such projects as John Korty's feature film Twice Upon a Time; and Atari and Electronic Arts arcade games. More recently, he created a personal animation titled Mimi-Ni, an African-inspired creation myth. {Read more about Will's career.)

The paintings shown on this site are a 25-year series of intimate ultra-realistic paintings of mostly water. 

Will welcomes visitors to come and see his art in person with no obligation to make a purchase. If interested in buying originals or prints, of course, inquiries are quite welcome.





2012 Thompson/Dorfman, Mill Valley, CA

2011 Smith Ranch, San Rafael, CA

2009 Atrium Gallery, Greenbrae, CA

2004 Ross Valley Winery, San Anselmo, CA


2024 Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA

2018 Marinscapes Escalle Winery, Larkspur, CA
2017 Marinscapes Escalle Winery, Larkspur, CA

2016 Marinscapes, Escalle Winery, Larkspur, CA

2015 Marinscapes, Escalle Winery, Larkspur, CA

2014 Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, Three Ways of Seeing Water: Paintings by Nelson Hee, Will Noble & Mary Wagstaff
2014 Marinscapes, Escalle Winery, Larkspur, CA
2014 Redwood Foyer Gallery, Marin Veterans Auditorium, Watercolor Invitational

2013 Artworks Downtown, Drawing Exhibition

2011 Long Beach Museum of ArtInfluential Element: Exploring the Impact of Water; invitational

2010 Capture Gallery, Healdsburg, CA 
2008 Selections from New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition,  dba256 Gallery, Pomona. CA
2005 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Biennial, Sonoma, CA

2005Visual Candece II, Marin Veterans' Auditorium, San Rafael, CA

2005 Berkeley Art Center 22nd National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA

2005 Ocean Works, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA

2005 RoShamBo, Sausalito Arts Commission, Sausalito, CA

2005 Marin County Fair, San Rafael, CA

2004 Married to Art, Sausalito Bay Model Gallery, Sausalito, CA

2004 California Watercolor Association Member Show, San Francisco

2003-2004 National Watercolor Association Annual Juried Show

2003 Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA

2003 Marin Arts Council Gallery, Larkspur Landing, CA

2003 CWA 35th National Juried Exhibition, Academy of Art Gallery, SF

2003 California Watercolor Association Member Show, San Francisco

2002 Symphony Season Exhibition, Veteran’s Auditorium, San Rafael, CA

2002 ANA31 National Juried Exhibition, Holter Museum, Helena, MT

2002 Landscape Invitational, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA

2002 Marin Arts Council Open Studios Gallery

2001 Bay Area Landscapes juried show, Artisan’s Gallery, Mill Valley

2001-2003 Switzer Gallery, Tiburon, CA

2001 Marin Arts Council Open Studios Gallery


2024 Best in Show - Marin County Fair

2024 First Place - Watercolor, Marin County Fair

2005 First Place - Watercolor, Marin County Fair

2004 H.M. Award, CWA Member Show

2003 First Place, CWA Member Show

2003 SFAA Award, CWA 35th National Exhibition

2002 Best of Show - Watercolor, ANA31, Holter Museum

2001 Merit Award, Artisan’s Gallery, Landscape Show


Tales from Autumn to May, illustrated by Will Noble 2016

Marinscapes Gala, Marin Independent Journal, July 2014

ArtSlant San Francisco, 4/26/14
New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition, Dec 2007/Jan 2008

Preview: Ocean Works, Art Week, May 2005

Interview with Don Sanchez, KGO-TV, aired evening news 7/23/04

Artist of the Day Marin Independent Journal, May 6, 2004

'San Rafael Artist Catches Inspiration in Waterway' News Pointer, April 22, 2003

Art of Northern California, Alcove Books, 2003

'Hobnob with the Artists during Marin Open Studios' S.F. Chronicle, May 11, 2001


Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, member
Marin Arts Council: past grants panel member

California Watercolor Association: Black Hawk show juror

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