Tim Williams grew up in an English country town and after high school worked there as a local newspaper reporter. He did a one-year Peace Corps-type stint in Algeria and then went to the London School of Economics for social studies. He came to the US in 1969 to do a Masters in Social Work at SUNY Buffalo and worked in suicide prevention for six years. Moving south in 1977, he worked in the state mental health system for 32 years, retiring in 2011.
Tim discovered himself as an artist late in life, aged 69. He had dabbled a very little in acrylics and taken a few drawing classes but only when he encountered pastels – a fellow student was using them – did he really engage in art. “I was immediately drawn in, by the rich colors and the softness of the images,” he says. He took classes with Herb Slapo and later with Kim Werfel – “my wonderful teachers”. He has explored portraiture a little, and still life, but his love is landscape, both rural and urban. “I love trying to capture how the light falls, among trees and buildings. And showing a human figure out in the world”.
Tim has exhibited in group shows, at Carrboro Arts Center, the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill and Liquidamber Gallery in Pittsboro. He has been invited to have his first solo show at Carrboro Arts Center in spring 2019.
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