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William F. Hackett - Owner and CEOCheshire Cat Photo logo: Cat on box camera and tripod squezing shutter release bulb

Bill received his first camera, a Kodak® Brownie Holiday Flash® (original list price $4.95), before he was seven years old, and his love of photography has continued to grow. His father and grandfather were both avid amateur photographers. Bill's undergraduate and postgraduate education in the biological sciences gives him an insight into, and an appreciation of, the wonders of the natural world. His years spent as a professional with high-technology companies in the Midwest and in Silicon Valley provided abundant opportunities to learn more about computers, the Internet, and rapidly evolving digital technology.

Digital photography involves much more than the capture of the "camera RAW" image. Bill's skill in the digital darkroom with such tools as Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Bridge, and the Apple® Macintosh® gives him artistic control over the making of the photograph, throughout the digital workflow. Philosophically, Bill prefers images with the colors that were present in the natural scene. Some customers prefer Photo Art images with altered colors, and these images contain an "e" in the filename.

Bill moved his family from the Midwest to California in the early 1990's and fell in love with the natural beauty and diversity of his new state. He describes himself as "Naturally Californian."

Bill is a proud member of the Livermore Art Association (LAA), and the Pacific Art League (PAL).


  • Exhibitor: "The Essential Figure," The Bothwell, Livermore, CA, May
  • Exhibitor: "The LAA Spring Art Show," The Barn, Livermore, April
  • Santa model for Santa Services division, November 19-December 24


  • Exhibitor: "The Essential Figure," The Bothwell, Livermore, CA, May 19-21, Merit Award for the entry, "Sacral Chakra"
  • Exhibitor: "The LAA Spring Art Show," The Barn, Livermore, June 10-11


  • Exhibitor: "The LAA Spring Art Show," The Barn, April 2, 3
  • Exhibitor: "Art Under the Oaks," Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore, CA, July 16-17


  • LAA "Liaison of Shows"
  • Featured Artist for January-February at the Livermore Art Association Gallery
  • Exhibitor: "Grapes to Wine in Art," Livermore Public Library
  • Exhibitor: "The LAA Spring Art Show," The Barn, April
  • Exhibitor: "The Essential Nude" show, The Bothwell Art Center, April
  • Exhibitor: "Art Under the Oaks," Alen Lane Nursery, July
  • Photographer: "Vintage Circus Body Painting Scene," San Francisco, July


  • LAA "Liaison of Shows"
  • Exhibitor: Spring Art Show, April
  • Exhibitor: 28th Annual Art Under the Oaks
  • Photographer Pass to San Francisco Pride VIP Event in June
  • Solo exhibition, "Natural California" held over at Cuda Ridge Wines in Livermore, CA, May 1 - November 1


  • Re-elected LAA President
  • "California: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Life" exhibition at Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, CA March 2 - April6 with co-exhibitors Engela Olivier-Wilson and Matt Nylander
  • Co-Chair Spring Art Show, April 6 & 7
  • Presented "Image Capture for Painters and Photographers" at the LAA April 15 meeting
  • Exhibitor at Art in the Vineyard
  • Exhibitor at ArtBlock in the "1st Wednesdays" street fair in Pleasanton, CA
  • Photographed nine Livermore wineries for Visit Tri-Valley California (the Convention and Visitors Bureau) over the fall harvest
  • Exhibitor at the 27th Annual "Art Under the Oaks" show at Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore on July 20 & 21
  • Exhibitor at ArtWalk Livermore 2013
  • Exhibited at the Gallery Artists Winter Show, Robert Livermore Community Center
  • Visit Tri-Valley California (the Convention and Visitors Burea) chose Bill's image of the Las Positas Vineyards Winemaker as the cover for the 2014 Visitors Guide to the Tri-Valley
  • Re-elected LAA President
  • Chair (and exhibitor) for LAA Winter Show, January 2012, at the Robert Livermore Community Center
  • LAA Chair (and exhibitor) for "Art is the HeART of the Home II" show at Thomasville of Dublin, January 20 through 30
  • Photo exhibit with Paul Veilleux at the Panama Red Coffee Co., First Street Livermore, March & April 2012
  • Co-chair and exhibitor at the LAA Spring Art Show on March 31 and April 1, 2012
  • Judge (member of 3-judge panel) for the Livermore Public Library's 2012 Teen Art Exposition
  • Exhibited a 36" x 24" canvas, "Merced River, Yosemite, Winter" at the Harrinton Gallery's "Fresh Works" show in June
  • Exhibited "Livermore Vines, October" and "The Bicycle Race" at The Bankhead Theater's "Local Views" show in June and July
  • Exhibited "Ravenswood, Livermore, CA" at a smaller version of "Local Views" at Panama Red Coffee Co. in July
  • At "Art Under the Oaks" sold "The Four Seasons at Fern Spring, Yosemite," a four-piece work
  • Solo Exhibition at Wente Tasting Room, Wente Estate Vineyard, Livermore, CA, September
  • Exhibited at Art in the Plaza on September 8
  • Garré Vineyard and Winery during the Harvest Wine Celebration
  • Exhibited at ArtWalk2012 on October 13
  • Exhibited at Muestra de ARTE at Murrieta's Well Winery on October 27
  • Exhibited "Ravenswood, Livermore, CA" at the LAA Fall Show, Robert Livermore Community, November 2012
  • "California Wonderland" one-man show at Garré Café in November and December 2012
  • Holidays in the Vineyards at Garré Vineyard and Winery




  • "California: Mountains to the Sea" collection of 17 fine art photographic prints in a "one-man show" at Café Garré at the Garré Winery
  • Co-Chaired LAA Spring Art Show, which is the biggest event of the LAA calendar and which had record art submissions and sales in 2009
  • Livermore Wine Country Festival
  • the photography "group show" at Windermere Welcome Home
  • June Bank Show at US Bank, "Stone Bridge, November, Yosemite" won an Honorable Mention
  • "Art Under the Oaks" show at Alden Lane Nurser
  • "Our Best Shots" photography show at Livermore Library
  • "Art in Carnegie Park" show in Livermore
  • Harvest Wine Celebration at the Garré Winery
  • Livermore Art Walk in October
  • LAA Circuit Team Captain
  • LAA Show Liaison, which attends LAA Board meeting
  • Vice-President of LAA in the last portion of 2009.
  • One-man show at The Wild Vine in November
  • Holidays in the Vineyards at the Garré Winery on December 5 and 6.


  • LAA Spring Art Show
  • Our Best Shots photography show
  • Bank on It" art show at US Bank in Livermore - "Dana Meadows" won an Honorable Mention)
  • Team Captain of a photography team on the LAA Circuit (a "traveling exhibit' of art that circulates among Livermore businesses).

Bill is available for photographic services and has experience presenting to groups of all sizes. Bill can be reached at info@cheshirecatphoto.com and at +1 408-839-5874.

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