Rob Williams, contemporary Door County landscape painter and retired art educator, will be the featured presenter for this month’s Second Thursday program at the Miller Art Museum. Williams will discuss and demonstrate his technique at the museum on May 12 at 10:30 am, located in the Sturgeon Bay Library. The program is open to the public and doors open at 10 am for coffee, conversation and exhibit viewing.
Williams’ oil on linen, “Dordogne Dusk,” is among the museum’s most recent acquisitions and is currently on display at the museum along with other new acquisitions on the Ruth Morton Miller mezzanine.
At the urging of Jack Anderson, who Williams studied with while a teacher in Crystal Lake, Ill., he discovered Door County as a destination with its natural beauty and thriving art scene; in 1990 he, with his photographer wife, Shirley, purchased their Ellison Bay home and opened the Rob Williams Studio/Gallery in 2004, after spending years developing his artwork.
The rugged beauty of the area and its constantly changing landscape is visually inspiring for Williams.
“When painting, I translate this subject matter into my version of a contemporary landscape painting, pushing color, design and my loose painterly style to create something fresh and new,” he said.
Williams combines plein air with photos and sketches that he uses as a springboard for his compositions, using vivid color and semi-abstracted shapes to express the mood of the place he is painting. His signature, loose painterly style gives his work freshness and energy. For more information visit millerartmuseum.org.