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").
*"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 Member Show
Online show, September/October 2020.
Pure Color, International online show, September/October 2021.
Annual Member Show, Alamance Arts Center, September/October 2021.
Piedmont Pastel Society
Juried Online Member Show November 2021
Fine Arts League of Cary Member Show
Online show, December/January 2020/21
Durham Art Guild Members Extravaganza
Online show, February 2021.
Cary Gallery of Artists
Small Treasures Show March/April 2021
Private collections: in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, California, Hawaii and in England.
Note: All images on this site ©TimWilliams2018, 2020, 2021.