After getting a college degree in Environmental Biology and working seven years in medical research, Will turned his hobby in photography into a vocation in 1979. After being employed for a year shooting real estate, he opened his own commercial studio in San Marcos, CA. Over the next twenty years, he was able to expand his capabilities with full in-house film processing and printing, drum scanning and digital pre-press work. At the same time technical lessons learned on the job helped to develop his personal work. Being largely self-taught, Will augmented his experience with workshops from Al Weber, Larry Ford, and John Sexton.
Moving to Ohio for family reasons for three years, he concentrated on his fine art, showing mostly silver gelatin prints in the vibrant art fair circuit from Michigan to Alabama.
Returning to California in 2003, he began teaching photography at Palomar College and later for UCSD Extension. Over the span of the next fifteen years he utilized his extensive background in teaching over fifteen separate course titles including portraiture, alternative processes and commercial photography. During these years he showed his work in group and one-man shows. been a founding member of the PhotoArts Group, co-produced six Best of Nature Photo Competitions at the San Diego Natural History Museum, given workshops and been a speaker and juror at photo clubs in the greater San Diego area.
Gibson currently shows his varied work at the Oak Gallery and in his Escondido studio, is exploring wet plate collodion photography and open to commissions.