ARTIST Jeff Williams
As long as I can remember I have loved the outdoors. Most recently my relationship with nature has been through that of a painter’s lens as I explore places, mood and atmosphere. My watercolors vary from urban scenes to construction sites to industrial areas to natural landscapes, both near and far, almost always en plein air.
Initially drawn to watercolor via architecture, I find the unpredictable and beautiful dispersion of color in water fascinating and the challenge to represent my observations with this medium invigorating. My hope is that by doing so I may help others find beauty in the world around us. Over the past few years I have actively been pursuing my passion for watercolor, in the process developing a wonderful circle of like-minded friends who have inspired and encouraged me. I sincerely hope that I may continue to be inspired by these persons, and others as yet unmet, as I improve along my path of being the best watercolor painter that I can be!
Jeff Williams is a retired professor of architecture from Oklahoma. While working on his master’s degree he won numerous architectural design competitions. These awards provided an opportunity to spend extensive time traveling through Europe allowing him to experience various cultures as well as develop his drawing skills. In 1985 he relocated to Oklahoma to begin his teaching career with a focus on design. His greatest joy came from interacting with students, especially when he could share his love of sketching. For thirty one years he taught design, often leading student groups on summer Europe excursions.
After 31 years Williams retired from teaching to pursue watercolor painting and travel. Inspired and encouraged by workshop leaders Tony Van Hasselt, Thomas Schaller, Andy Evansen and most notably, Joseph Zbukvic, Williams is currently creating paintings both in studio and “en plein air.” He has rapidly become a regular on the professional “plein air circuit,” having been juried into 12 events in 2019, traveling over 21,500 miles and winning numerous awards. His plein air paintings have been juried into numerous regional and national exhibitions, again receiving various awards. 2020 has seen him juried into all plein air events entered before the pandemic, including Plein Air Easton, the largest and most prestigious plein air event available, and En Plein Air Texas, where he won one of the Mini-Pearl awards; his watercolor “Rockin’ Bass Rocks” was recognized as the outstanding watercolor in the international Boldbrush Competition in January 2020. Most recently Williams’ painting “Another Beautiful Day in Oxford” placed third in the prestigious Plein Air Easton 2021.