William Tolliver spent more than 30 of his 48 years perfecting his skill as a painter. His style freely combines the color of Chagall with the solid compositional principles of Cezanne and the mood and forms of Modigliani and Picasso. Tolliver's words of wisdom for the young artist were, "I would urge an art student to go to school and learn the fundamentals, because to know the fundamentals is to know the technical aspects of blending colors." Today, his art is collected worldwide. William Tolliver died in 2000.