"Bill Morehouse's affinity for landscape dates to early childhood recollections of cross country travel by train and car. His father, a railroad man, frequently took the family on journeys to visit grandparents in New York and relatives in New Brunswick, Chicago, Montana and southern California. Travel, and the memory of a moving, changing landscape remains a part of his personal vision; this might also inform his interest in working serially. Over the years Morehouse has explored various themes, often through subjects pertaining to significant places and experiences of his travel."
Phil Linhares, June, 1992
"Bill's Sonoma Four companions (Tony King, Bill Wheeler and Jack Stuppin) describe Morehouse as "very articulate with a brush" and having "an ease about making paintings that none of the rest of us have" This is apparent in every work - the sensuous drawings, the painterly passages tracing quarries and trails down into canyons; the sweeping curves of paint describing a hillside or the currents of an estero; the massed textures of green valleys and dry heath overlooked by a cold blue sky - Morehouse makes it seem easy and we know it's not."
William Zimmer, Visions Art Quarterly, 1992
Bill Morehouse's plein air work had in part inspired an interest in Oriental painting; he was intrigued by "an approach to spacial organization which makes reference to states of mind, of spirit,of different ways in which to space can be "read", entered, appreciated, enjoyed"
In 1990 Bill was invited to paint en plein air with Bill Wheeler, Tony King and Jack Stuppin. They had a fabulous time, produced quite a few significant bodies of work and became known as The Sonoma Four. Their landscape paintings were shown at The Noblett Gallery in Sonoma, Dominican College and at the John Berggruen Gallery and the group was featured in Visions Quarterly magazine. Their efforts together ended with The Cross Country Painting Tour, which was shown at The Century Club in New York City and was dedicated to the loving memory of Bill, their friend and painting companion.