Acrylic, Oil & Mixed Media
Leigh Brigham Williams
The need to create has been a part of my make-up since I was a child. I've never met an art material that I didn't like and my studio stays well stocked. Active experimentation with these resources brings me great joy and offers me the opportunity to give expression to my visual, intellectual, and spiritual aesthetics.
My initial education and training was in oils and while I still enjoy painting in oils, the majority of my work for the past 25 years has been in acrylics. I enjoy the versatility of acrylics and have been experimenting with textural mediums, collage, and fluid acrylic techniques to create both abstract and representational images. I am drawn to the effects of light on our physical world and respond to the positive meaning of light as it relates to an individual's intellect and spirituality. In my representational work I often allow shadows and the contrast of light and dark to play primary roles.
My latest series features the human figure as the main subject emerging into light from a dark and fluid background. My more abstract acrylic work is influenced by my visual journals and my experimentation with the fairly new medium of alcohol inks. The vivid colors of the inks and their unique properties allow me to produce dynamic works in this medium as well.
Leigh B. Williams specializes in paintings and mixed media work and has a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary. She currently exhibits and sells her work primarily in the Southeast and her work can be seen at Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC. She is an active member of several art organizations, including ArtsCharlotte, and conducts workshops and demonstrations for both adults and children. A retired art instructor, she has taught art to all grade levels, from first grade through Advanced Placement high school art, in both private and public schools. Her students have won Regional and National awards through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program. She was cited as an outstanding educator through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program and was named a Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for her work in the classroom. Her painting, Desert Mountains, was selected by a jury for displayed on Billboards throughout the city for the inaugural Charlotte ArtPop program. Leigh delights in passing on her passion for the arts to others. Leigh and her husband Dean are residents of Charlotte, NC, and have three grown children.