August SMAA meeting – Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 pm at Hattiesburg Recreation Center (Ben McNair).
The August meeting will feature Robert Williams. He is an abstract artist and he and his wife have just oppened The Gilded Grasshopper gallery at 5268 Old Hwy. 11, suite 11 in Oak Grove.
Robert Williams is an abstract artist whose love for art began as a painter and faux finisher. As he grew and began to master areas of painting technique in faux finishing, he had a desire to do more with this creative God given talent he had stumbled upon. As he began researching different types of art and artists, he found he had a passion for abstract art, and that’s where the journey began.
Robert has studied under Anton Weiss, a former student of Hans Hoffman, and Lisa Jennings, both of Nashville, Tennessee. His work has been featured at York and Friends Gallery, Art on the West Side, and Martin Masters Fine Art in middle Tennessee. Robert recently moved back to his hometown, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to open The Gilded Grasshopper along with his wife, Angela. He continues to pursue his career in the arts there, not only with his abstractions but also through creating beautifully mastered painted finishes on antique furniture.
“Art is a journey, constantly evolving from one thing to another. Sometimes, you can spill paint on a canvas and magically, in no time at all, you’ve created a masterpiece. Other times, you may have to work harder at it, but that’s the beauty of the journey. I love to paint, it’s my release, my sanctuary. Painting, for me, is a way of life. I have to do it, not for money, but for internal joy. I thank God everyday for blessing me not only with this talent, but for the solace it brings me. I am blessed to be living in a world full of color and boundless opportunities.” Robert Williams