In the Manhattan Arts International “The Healing Power of ART 2016” juried exhibition I chose Louise Williams to receive one of the top awards — a Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Featured Artist Award. It is easy to be captivated by her enchanting worlds that seamlessly blend fantasy and reality. In her narrative digital works of art we discover a dynamic theatrical story book presence. Her entries, that she chose from her “The Silver Lining” series, are a perfect fit for the theme of “The Healing Power of ART 2016” exhibition.
About The Healing Power of ART 2016 Online Exhibition
This online exhibition displays a range of healing art images and the artists’ statements. It communicates the importance of art in these areas: how art is used by artists for self-healing; how art brings healing and well-being to viewers; and how art raises awareness about societal and environmental issues and serves as a catalyst for positive change in the world. Williams’ art alone covers all bases.
Her Inspirational Messages
When Williams submitted her entries to the juried exhibition she wrote this statement: “These images remind us that no matter how dark things seem, life offers glimmers of brightness. Fantasy, romance, whimsy, and a sense of play do much to counterbalance suffering and tragedy that abound in today’s world. I created these images when I was ill, but the delight I experienced in the making of them made light of my illness. Their joy was therapeutic.”
Surrealistic, Timeless Images
Photography has been a passion for Louise Williams since she started taking pictures at the age of eight. The artist who lives in Point Richmond, California, recalls, “Originally inspired by the formal 19th century portraits in my grandmother’s albums that I pored over as a child, I am drawn toward dreamy, timeless images and sensual light.” Surrealism is a natural choice of style for the artist who says, “Innuendo and ambiguity as well as the expansion of possibility and reality delight me. My images are narratives, though the interpretation of them is completely up to the viewer’s whim. They are open to everyone’s imagination.”
Digital Art Gives A Voice to Her Imagination
After working in black and white for several years Williams began working with a digital camera and PhotoShop. She exudes, “The digital darkroom has allowed me to maintain artistic control over color images, expanding my visual expression to include a variety of subjects and enhancements, while giving voice to the magic of my imagination. My most current work employs scanned images as well as photographs. Many layered, they invite a closer look. There is always something in them to uncover and enjoy.”
The artist further explains, “For me, the process of creating a piece is pure magic. I have no idea where the stories come from, they just occur as I work, filling me with joy and excitement.”
Outstanding Awards, Exhibitions and Education
The artist has also been photographing people and places around the San Francisco Bay area for more than 40 years. Her portrait photographs are taken in available light on location as well as from her studio. Her images are printed with Epson Ultra-Chrome Ink on archival fine art paper.
She has won numerous awards for her art including: two First Place Awards in the Creative Category at the Marin Art Fair as well as a Best in Show; the Jack Fulton Award; and a Best in Competition from Exhibitions Without Walls. She also received First Place Awards in Color Print and Monochrome from the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, among others.
Her many exhibitions include those at the Marin Society of Artists in Ross and San Rafael, California, Studio 333 in Sausalito, California, and the Frank Bette Art Center in Alameda, California.
Williams obtained a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA from Stanford University. To further her techniques she took formal classes at UC in Darkroom work and attended many workshops with renown f/64 photographers. She also studied with Ruth Bernhard and Judy Dater, among other artists.
Visit Louse Williams’ website at www.louisewilliamsimages.com
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