I recently discovered this brilliantly, unique artist from Maine, Susan Williams.
She brings such a unique vision of nature into her body of work/paintings. Her imagined landscape paintings are both dreamy and romantic, and evoke an almost dreamy like quality to them.
The colors, elements in nature and landscapes, are what really caught my eye in your artwork. Since our environment is of the utmost importance to our future on this planet. To be able to capture it in such a uniquely beautiful way, is truly a gift, as well as inspiring.
I recently sat down with her to talk about her art, what inspires her, and where she gets her inspiration from.
Is there a particular piece of artwork that you are most proud of? And why?
I don’t have one that I’m proud especially of, all are part of a continuum. Every so often, there’s a breakthrough. Either it’s a piece I’ve been working on for sometime that finally comes together, almost in a moment of abandonment, or one that happens so quickly that it pours out like a Haiku. The pieces I’m most proud of are the ones I paint for myself, without concern for acceptance or judgment from anyone else.
How do you know when a work is finished?
My gut tells me. The tricky part is listening to it.
What inspires you? What inspired this piece/idea?
Nature inspires me, I start with that.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Tough choice. Certain pigments, titanium white, mars black, cadmium red, raw umber, ultramarine blue, cobalt green, and nickel yellow.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
Oils. They’re sensuous.
How did you start making art?/Why do you make art?
Starting in childhood, I preferred to dwell in make believe. I didn’t like where I grew up, so I escaped by making pictures. Most of my paintings are nothing more than daydreams.
Susan is represented by numerous galleries, such as:
The Barn – Downing Yudain, Stanford, CT.
Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Pascal Hall, Rockport, Maine
Sam Shaw, Rockport, Maine
A few Selected Collections:
First Source, Inc.
Goldman Sachs &Co.
Katherine Fields & Assoc.
Williams has a B.A. in Art History, and Visual Art, from Bowdoin College in Maine. She is the mother of two grown children, and lives in Maine with her husband.
For more of Susan’s work check out her website at http://www.susanwilliams-artist.com