Haveron is a terrific artist and a character. Born in Bryan, Texas, where he still resides, Bill has been an artist since childhood. His upbringing was as unorthodox yet as fascinating as the artist himself.
In an interview with Liliana Bloch, Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Haveron stated:
"My parents owned a beer joint when I was small. My father, who worked in the construction business, went bankrupt. My mother said, ‘Well, all I know how to do is run a honky-tonk,’ so for a few years, my parents did that. They would have had it longer, I suppose, but they couldn’t stop the fights.
Finally, the sheriff just shut it down. Before that, they’d tried everything. They even hired a bouncer, but the people who came to the honky-tonk beat him up, too. The poor guy would fire a shotgun at the ceiling, and they’d just keep fighting. As a boy, I was there every day, with my mother holding court for her drunken honky-tonk queens. I was always on Mama’s lap, just listening to the stories. Guess it’s no wonder that I chose to become an artist."
And what an artist he became. Haveron’s references are vast from his Catholic upbringing to literary characters to historical and pop culture icons.