William Maughan was born in Long Beach California in 1946. He graduated with distinction from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 1973. He studied with Lorsier Feitelson, and from 1976 to 1989 Mr. Maughan taught at the Art Center. Mr. Maughan Co- Directed the Fine Art Department of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California from 1989 to 1995. He then served as Director of Foundations, from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Maughan Directed the Masters Program in both Fine Art and Traditional Illustration at the Academy of Art From 1999 to 2008. After a brief retirement, He was asked to return to the Academy to direct the Masters program in Illustration. In 2012 He was honored with an Honorary Doctorates Degree.
William Maughan has been a commercial illustrator since 1973. A partial client list includes General Motors Corporation, CBS Television, Wells Fargo Bank, Fenwick, Boston beer, Captain Morgan and Dream Works. His illustrations have also graced the pages of T.V. Guide, Cosmopolitan, Field and Stream, Boys Life, Yachting, and Golf Digest. He has created numerous paperback book covers for New American Library, Torra, Pinnacle, Doubleday, and Harlequin, as well as Children’s books for Knopf, Oxford University Press, Dutton, and Crown Publishers.