William Dole was an American painter and collage artist. During the 1940s, Dole enrolled in art classes at Mills College. In 1949, he took on a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1955 he took sabbatical from the college in order to take his family to Florence, Italy for two years. Enthused by a leather journal filled with scraps of paper, Dole diverged on his path of watercolors and began creating collages inspired by Italian landscapes. Returning to the United States, the artist was appointed Department Chairman in 1958 and went on to become a full time professor in 1962. Collage quickly became his medium and developed interest in the work of George Braque, Kurt Schwitters (1887- 1948) and Joseph Cornell (1903-1972).