Bill Cone

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in 1983, Bill Cone has been painting landscapes for the last two decades, often in the East Bay hills, with yearly pack-trips into the Sierra mountains. His pastel paintings have been exhibited in group and one man shows throughout California. His “day job” is as a Production Designer for Pixar Animation Studios, where he has done hundreds of pastel lighting studies for films that include Toy Story, Cars, Inside Out and Up. His pastel work for Pixar has been on display at the Oakland Museum. He has also taught classes on lighting and color at Pixar for the last 10+ years, and lectured at numerous plein air conventions and events, and teaches plein air workshops. Information about his lectures and workshops can be found on his blog. He blogs at

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Chickenfoot Inlet

2018. Pastel on paper, 16″ x 14.” Framed in a custom carved mitered frame with outset corners,—3″. In walnut (clear) and 18k liner. $3,300. Read blog post about framing this piece…

Vallevista Evening

2017. Pastel on paper, 16″ x 14.” Framed in No. 243 CV—3” in walnut (Medieval stain) w/ 23 kt gilt liner. $3,200.

Josephine Creek

2017. Pastel on paper, 12″ x 9.” Framed in No. 440—2-1/8” (w/ out-set bead back-frame), in quartersawn white oak (Dark Medieval Oak stain) with 23 kt gilt liner. $1,800.

Blue Limantour

2013. Pastel on Canson paper, 6″ x 9-1/2″. Framed in Custom slope with cove, walnut (Nut Brown), slip liner – 18 kt. $1,125.

Vallevista Afternoon

2010. Pastel on Canson paper, 10″ x 15″. Framed in No. 143 “Hudson” —3″ in walnut (Medieval stain). $1,760.

Summer Aspens

2010. 14″ x 11″, pastel on Canson paper. Framed in No. 143.8 — 3”, in stained walnut with 18 kt gold slip; 20-1/2” x 17-1/4” outside frame dimensions. $1990. More about this frame…


2011. Pastel on Canson paper, 9″ x 12″. Framed in Village slope No. 26 CV — 3″ in walnut (clear finish). $1,545.