A retired social worker, I discovered pastel painting in 2012 at age 69. I had messed around a little with acrylics in the distant past and taken some drawing classes here and there, but pretty much was new to being an artist. Then I took a soft pastels class with a wonderful pastelist named Herb Slapo and I was hooked. I loved the rich, pure colors of pastels and the softness. When Herb retired from teaching I found another wonderful teacher and mentor, Kim Werfel, and studied with her for several years.
My learning continues with another terrific teacher, Alain Picard. In May of 2020 I signed up for a course on The Painterly Landscape with him. The following month Alain established an online community of pastel artists, the Cultivate Community. As a member I am learning from him to develop a more painterly style - looser, more expressive and softer-edged - supported by a world-wide community of fellow artists.
I work mostly from photographs I have taken in North Carolina, Hawaii, Canada, France, Italy and England over the past few years. There are even a couple from photos I took back in the late sixties in Algeria, where I did a Peace Corps-type stint. A few exceptions where I didn't work from my own photo are noted in my portfolio.
I haven't tried plein air (out in the field) painting yet, but it is probably in my future.
I invite you to look at my portfolio of paintings on this site - some are for sale. Just click the Portfolio tab on the upper right. .
Shows and awards
Carrboro Arts Center
*Community Artists Exhibitions, December 2014, August 2015, December 2017.
*Student Shows, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
*Pure Pigment: Pastel paintings by Tim Williams, solo show, May 2019.
Seymour Center, Chapel Hill
*Pastel artists, Summer 2012.
*Silver Arts Shows, April 2016 (Pastels section, third prize for "Surf Breaking on Lava Rocks, Hawaii"); April 2017; April 2018 (Pastels section, first prize for "Dave Heads Back Down the Mountain"). June 2021 (Pastels section, first prize for "Spring bouquet"). May 2022 first prize for "Study in blues and oranges". April 2023, first prize for "Cloister (Fontfroid)".
*"Kim Werfel and students: Beauty and Versatility", May 2017.
Liquidamber Gallery, Pittsboro
"Kim Werfel and students: Beauty and Versatility", June/July 2017.
This & That Gift Gallery, Carrboro
Solo show, October 2019.
Pastel Society of North Carolina
Online member show, September/October 2020.
Pure Color, International online show, September/October 2021.
Annual Member Show, Alamance Arts Center, September/October 2021.
Annual Member Show, Imperial Center Rocky Mount, September - December 2022.
Piedmont Pastel Society
Online Member Show November 2021
Online Member Show October 2022
Fine Arts League of Cary
Online member show, December/January 2020/21
Fabulous Fakes, Cary Arts Center, September/November 2022
Durham Art Guild
Members Extravaganza Online show, February 2021.
Members Showcase, Durham Arts Center, January/March 2022
Swing Into Spring online auction March/April 2022, 2023.
Members Showcase January/March 2023
Cary Gallery of Artists
Small Treasures Show March/April 2021
Private collections: in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Hawaii and in England.
Note: All images on this site ©TimWilliams2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023.