William Fontana Sr

William Fontana Sr

Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

About William Fontana Sr

I work in Yosemite National Park as a tour guide. I have worked in Yosemite for over 30 years. My artwork is inextricably tied to my Yosemite Geography and my ecological message. I am a plein air painter, print maker, and photographer. I also write and illustrate my own books. I am the author of "A Brief Instruction in Christian Religion," (A translation of Faustus Socinus), "The Chronicles of the Field Mouse Timothy," (Corn,Tomato,Wheat, Cotton, Sweet Potatoes, Rice Paddy, and Pond Mouse), "Nature Vision" (Poems), and I have illustrated the short stories of my late daughter Sandra Fontana "Cereal at Midnight." I love nature and the wilderness. I am a proponent of the global national parks movement.


Castro Valley High School 1963
Chabot Junior College AA degree in art with honors 1972
California State University Hayward BA degree in art with honors 1975
Two years of postgraduate work in foreign languages at California State University Hayward (Now named California State University, East Bay)
University of California at Chico MA degree in drawing and painting with honors 1984


I have been an interpretive guide in Yosemite National Park for over 30 years.


Two person show at Chabot College Hayward, CA 1979 "Metaphysical Images."
One person show at Chabot College Hayward CA 1980 "Metaphysical Images."
Masters Show at California State University Chico 1984
Yosemite Renaissance show 1997
Three person show a Columbia Junior College 2005
One person show at the Mariposa Art Council Gallery in 2006
Photography displayed on my instagram account (fonyosart)
Paintings, prints and photographs displayed on my web site http://fontana-art.com/
Artwork displayed and sold at Sierra Artist's Gallery 6th Street and Highway 140 Mariposa, California