Bill Mayer was born in Birmingham, Alabama, relocating to Tennessee and New York before eventually settling in Decatur, Georgia. He later graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Mayer began his career working for several different studios, and eventually went out on his own to start his successful illustration career. Mayer’s artwork has been commissioned by many of the world’s most significant and respected publications, institutions, and Fortune 500 corporations. His creations have appeared in virtually every known media including films, books, magazines, stamps, posters, advertising, packaging, as well as one-person exhibitions. His clients have included the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; a highly acclaimed series of stamps designed for the United States Post Office, and a series of posters for the Tour de France. Corporations such as DreamWorks Animation, Cartoon Network, Mattel, Hasbro, Delta Airlines, Levi’s, Jose Cuervo, and IBM, along with countless others, have recognized the intrinsic beauty of his artwork. He is a consistent recipient of many of the industry’s highest honors, including over 500 National and International awards, as well as 10 Gold and 2 Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators.