A native of Nashville, Bill Killebrew graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BFA in Painting. Arnold Nye, a painter and architect, as well as David Ledoux, a MTSU art professor, greatly influenced Killebrew artistically. Ledoux allowed him to paint independently as an undergraduate for a period of time, enabling him to begin to form an aesthetic and a painting stance that has remained for forty years. After graduation Killebrew supported himself and his family working in his father’s wood distribution business. After a few years, he formed a a wood flooring business which he continues to operate while painting daily in the studio he built himself. Killebrew also has a lithography studio nearby. He is a full time painter and business owner in light of his desire to support his family and remain in the south, rooted where his family has been for several generations. He considers himself richly blessed with two grown sons and three grandchildren, friends, church and work.