After a 20 year career in marketing, Mary Williams turned to woodworking with a passion and a drive to bring color and whimsy to the world she inhabits.
When I look at Williams’ totems I immediately envision them on a much smaller scale. I see textures and shapes that would make interesting beads; colors and patterns that would fit nicely together in a necklace or bracelet. No, I’m not a jewelry artist – and I don’t wear jewelry – but her sculptures bring beads and jewelry to mind.
The painting process I use of layering acrylics creates depth that brings the hand carved shapes and textures to life. My inspiration comes from the nature that I carve as shapes, lines, and textures to create abstract imagery. Layers of color sanded away to bare wood leave a warm, weathered, comforting feel while my choice of vibrant colors are just plain fun.
Even she sees the value of scaling the elements as seen in the handles of the Forks, Spoons and Paddles wall sculptures above, and the Art Ski collection, made from antique skis that she carves and paints, well. . .they just make me think of snow on this grey, chilly January day in the Northeast!
Art Ski Snowflakes
Mary Williams’ website