1436 Poinsett Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
James Williams works primarily in soft pastels. Born in Baltimore, he showed early interests in drawing and in science, particularly chemistry, which like painting finds meanings in colors and color changes, and is a means of peering beneath the surface to discover and describe an interior reality or composition. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University, then worked in labs in the U. S. and in England, including a year working with the soon-to-be Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, Prof. Roald Hoffmann.
Williams always has been interested in the artistic delineation of human behavior. He has studied drawing, painting and computer graphics in formal as well as informal settings. In particular he studied portraiture with Tony Ryder, and pastel technique and portraiture with Herbert Slapo, of the Pastel Society of America, here in North Carolina, and with Dorcas Moulton in Oakland, CA. He is past President of the Pastel Society of North Carolina; member of the Durham Art Guild, and the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh. His work is represented in private collections in various parts of the United States, Mexico and France.
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