The McNamara Collection is exhibited online in four separate galleries. We have tried to render the images in enough detail to stay true to the original painting while recognizing the limitations of individual computers and differing download speeds.
Buffalo River Gallery
Tucked in the mountains of Northwest Arkansas, our nation’s first national river is a pristine sanctuary in the natural world. Its headwaters flow through hollows, over waterfalls, and into valleys, each with its uniquely intimate beauty.
William McNamara has spent the last forty years exploring the Buffalo River and reflecting its beauty in his intricate watercolors. This gallery illuminates McNamara’s art as a study of the many faces of the Buffalo River, from its quiet, dripping pools to its rushing rapids to its colorful rocks and streambeds.
The gallery collections identify each painting by name. If you are interested in knowing more about a painting’s size and availability as an original or print, please make note of the painting’s name for locating it in the website’s shop.
Ozark Highlands Gallery
The Ozark Highlands are a dense woodland of rolling hills, rugged cliffs, hidden hollows, waterfalls, open valleys, pastures, caves and homesteads. Waterfalls rage in the spring and stand frozen still in winter. Autumn winds carry fall colors. Hidden pools offer cool respite to the heat of summer. Yet across the shifting seasons, a timelessness remains.
This gallery of McNamara watercolors of the region invite the viewer to experience the ever-changing landscape of the Ozark Highlands as well as its timeless essence.
“If Mark Twain is forever associated with the Mississippi, artist William McNamara may be just as inextricably linked with the Buffalo.”
The Morning News, May 24, 1992
Natural Wonders Gallery
If we look underfoot, if we stop beside the water’s edge or gaze out the back window, we’d see natural wonders abound.
In this gallery of intimate landscapes, McNamara watercolors remind us of this truth and offer the viewer glimpses of the world of forest floors, small shaded pools, buds, blossoms, and shadowy crevices.
Artist's Eye Gallery
What captures your eye, draws you in, leaves a deeper impression? Do you love the glow of tomatoes ripening in the sun or the dappled shade of Umbrella Magnolia trees?
This gallery allows you to explore the artist’s eye of William McNamara, his appreciation for the human form and a classic still life, as well as his love of color, texture, the play of light and dark, and the natural forms in the world around us.
Whether the artist is portraying an Ozark forest or a handful of tomatoes on a wooden sill, his work is always fluid, a constant motion of light and shadow, color and texture.
Kit Baker in
“Artist captures the Ozarks Country with watercolor”