William Steele of Yarmouth is Professor Emeritus of Theater at the University of Southern Maine where he taught acting and directed plays for many years as well as maintaining a national acting career in corporate training, commercials and film. Since his freshman year in college, when he bought his first painting, he has been an avid collector of art. But it wasn’t until about 15 years ago, at his wife Eleanor’s urging, that he began to paint, leaning mostly on island impressions drawn from time spent lobstering in his early years. Painting in oil, he relishes getting back in touch with those days on the stern of the “Tern,” hauling gear out of Cundy’s Harbor off Harpswell in Casco Bay. He has held governmental appointments to the Maine Arts Commission, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Public Broadcasting.