Bio: Ann Marie Williams is an award-winning fine artist and children’s book illustrator. She has worked as a graphic designer, art director and adjunct professor of graphic design at The American University in Washington, DC. Presently, she teaches art at MTC Art Studios in Glen Dale, MD. She is a member of the Black Artists of DC and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a former member of the Arts Advisory Committee for the Arts Council of Fairfax County; the Greater Reston Art Center; the Reston Art Society; and The Women’s Museum in Washington, DC.
Artist Statement: I embrace the term “abstract expressionism” to describe my work. There is experimentation of colors and textures, as well as the use of new materials and techniques. My paintings are very expressive and incorporate acrylics, collage and oil pastel to achieve the desired effect.
Much of my art is the visual equivalent of blues, jazz, gospel or the African beat, rich in color and symbolism. Bright colors, asymmetry, varying patterns, improvisations, collage, and symbolic forms are arranged to make the viewer feel implied emotions without them being explicitly displayed.
I want to evoke a response from the viewer therefore the titles of my paintings are very important. I want the viewer to see what I see, and feel what I feel. I may have a subject in mind, or at other times have nothing in mind and let the painting speak to me. The work is very intuitive and inspiration is derived from God’s gift, family, cultural experiences and social commentary. I start each painting with a cross to give thanks for my gift.
I believe we have an obligation to be culture bearers, and I hope to do just that as I continually grow as a person and as an artist.