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“For as long as I can remember I have loved the outdoors, whether it was exploring the wooded area behind my grandparents’ home, backpacking throughout my youth, stuffing my 6’7” frame into a Hyundai to travel the western United States or meandering the backroads of Oklahoma.
“More recently, my relationship with nature has been through that of a painter’s lens as I explore places, mood, and atmosphere that speak to me. As a result of these experiences, my watercolors have varied from urban scenes to construction sites to industrial areas to natural landscapes, both near and far.
“Initially drawn to watercolor via architecture by exploring the work on my grandfather’s drawing board as well as being exposed to inspiring renderings and historic documents throughout my professional career, I find the unpredictable and beautiful dispersion of color in water fascinating and the challenge to represent my observations with this medium invigorating. I hope that by doing so I may help others find beauty in the world around us.
“Over the past few years, I have actively been pursuing my passion for watercolor and in the process developing a wonderful circle of like-minded people who have inspired and encouraged me. I sincerely hope that I may continue to be inspired by these persons, and others as yet unmet, as I improve along my path of being the best watercolor painter that I can be!”
Jeff Williams is a retired professor of architecture from Oklahoma State University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Oklahoma State University. While working on his master’s degree he won first prize in the coveted Paris Prize Design Competition and received an honorable mention in the Van Allen International Design Competition. These awards provided an opportunity to spend extensive time traveling through Europe allowing him both to experience various cultures and develop his drawing skills (which would become a lifelong passion).
In 1985 he returned to Oklahoma State University to begin his teaching career with a focus on design. His greatest joy came from interacting with students, especially when he could share his love of sketching. For over twenty years he provided leadership in the department’s Europe program, leading numerous student groups throughout Europe, helping them develop their pencil and ink line drawing techniques. Williams simultaneously maintained an award-winning architectural design consulting practice that included commercial, public, and private projects.
In 2017 he retired from teaching to pursue two of his passions, watercolor and travel. Inspired and encouraged by workshop leaders Tony Van Hasselt, Thomas Schaller, and, most notably, Joseph Zbukvic, Williams is currently creating paintings both in the studio and en Plein Air. After almost 40 years of traveling abroad, Williams is exploring and painting the United States in his RV, “Charlie” (having always been inspired by John Steinbeck’s book, Travels With Charlie)!