Todd A. Williams -A Biographical Sketch
After studying painting and illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute, Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Today, he excels in his ability to paint all subject matter using spontaneous brushwork and creative virtuosity. Most of the time he can be found painting en plein air. Through this discipline he has found his own recognizable voice, which is now becoming his signature style.
“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.”
Williams' work has been exhibited across the US in gallery, museum, and invitational exhibitions, such as the Gilcrease Museum, the Great Plains Art Museum, Montgomery Museum Of Fine Arts, "The American Miniatures Show", Settlers West Gallery, The Maynard Dixon Museum, Cincinnati’s Great American Artists Exhibition, and the Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibitions where he has been honored with the prestigious status of a Signature Member.
In May of 2009 he won an "Award of Excellence" at the National OPA Exhibition in Santa Fe, NM., and in 2008, he won the "Second Place Award" from the American Impressionist Society in their National Exhibition at Palm Desert, CA.
Todd Williams’ success really doesn’t come as a surprise,” says Dirk Meyer, owner of Meyer 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 do fantastic 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."
The International Artist Magazine featured his work from “Vienna and Prague” in their Dec./Jan. 2008 issue. In Sept. 2005, Todd had a featured article in the Fine Art Connoisseur. Also in 2004, he received national and international recognition for his art through a feature article in Southwest Art and International Artist Magazine selected him for "Master Painters of the World" in the United States Showcase.
His galleries include: The Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX; Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA; Bayview Gallery, Brunswick and Camden, ME; and The Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL.
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"He was encouraging and kind, yet honest with us where we needed improvement. He is a fabulous teacher! No question was too small. He made us feel relaxed. We had fun yet we worked hard. When we did our plein air part of the workshop, we all set-up behind Todd (to all paint the same scene) and with his guidance each attendee was able to turn it into a beautiful painting that was uniquely theirs. I learned so-o much in such a short time. Thanks, Todd, for a dynamite workshop!" - Audrey Fiet
"Todd worked hard to connect with each of us and appreciate whatever level of talent we brought to the table. I am always impressed when given the opportunity to experience new friendships/relationships with those who are driven to improve their given talents.....live their lives a little more fuller....and continue to learn no matter what their age. Todd it’s clear your a wonderful artist… but, being a good person and gifted teacher is a powerful combination to influence others in a positive way.” PS.....while at the pentagon today discussing difficult issues, I couldn't help but wonder if I could capture the light and shadows of the room correctly......so distracting" -Doug Molin, Virgina
"I've taken lots of workshops over the years..as well as reading books, viewing DVDs,..etc.. (I've been painting for almost 40 years).. and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your workshop!..I was drawn to you because I love your style, but I was really impressed that you worked with each student at his or her own level..and were very encouraging..especially to the newbies..says a lot that one or more of your students have taken multiple workshops with you.” Susie Gregory, Indiana
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