Todd A. Williams -A Biographical Sketch
Born in the small farming community of Central City, Nebraska. Since his childhood he has been aware of the natural beauty of the world around him, an awareness that he continues to cultivate today through the art of painting.
Todd was eager from an early age to pursue art. At a time when most of us leave our crayons behind, he was being accepted and encouraged by his classmates, as an artist. “When I was 7, I took out some colored pencils and a posterboard. There was a poster of a tiger in my bedroom and I remember spreading out on the floor with these pencils, looking up and drawing the tiger. The next Friday I took it to show and tell at school. The other kids and the teacher liked it. I’ll never forget that feeling of acceptance from sharing my experience in color and shape. As children we all love the colors and our crayon expressions. But the reality is that everyone of us is an artist at heart. We just move on to share and express it in other ways.”
After studying painting and illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Williams went on to be an in-house Senior Artist/Designer for Hallmark Cards and DaySpring Cards for the next ten years.
“Todd brings you into the soul of the subject,” says Jinger Richardson,owner of the Legacy Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY and Scottsdale, AZ.“His work is very interactive and I always feel like I’m part of the scenes.”
Todd Williams’ success really doesn’t come as a surprise,” says Dirk Meyer, owner ofMeyer Gallery in Santa Fe, N. M. and one of Williams’ first representatives.“He’s reminiscent of (19th-century portrait painter) John Singer Sargent and can dofantastic landscapes at the same time.He has the ability and skill to take the viewer to a peaceful place within themselves.He uses a subdued palette blended into poetic, serene scenes. People like the style, the feel,the looseness that he portrays.He doesn’t resort to ‘tricks’ to create his work. It is true tonal work from the heart.Todd is definitely an up and coming star.”
“Painting or creating art is nothing less than
a prayer of visual expression to God.
As artists, creating is our form of worship.”