We hope you enjoy our member spotlights this year. Let’s begin by getting to know local artist, Lana Williams.
Were you always creative and what was your earliest creation? Yes, l was always the class artist. I won an award in elementary school for a crayon drawing.
At what point did you say, “I’m an artist?” I’ve always thought of myself as an artist. It was encouraged in me by my family, especially my dad, who even signed me up for art lessons in high school.
What is your specialty? My specialty is Watercolor.
What is your favorite piece (of your own) and why? My favorite work is a piece I did in Australia. I did oils for so long it was a hard transition to Watercolor. But in that piece, I got it.
Do you have your own studio space? Home or elsewhere? I have a small studio next to my garage. It was once a taxidermy studio.
What inspires you, in general? I’m inspired by nature and by my creative friends.
If you could be an artist anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? If I could paint anywhere it would be by the ocean. I have loved it since I first saw it as a child on vacation. The sunsets and the colors of the water are truly inspiring. Ocean themes show up in my work often, along with rocks for some reason.
What is your dream for the future? I’m not one to think about the future. Of course I would love to live by the ocean, but realistically, I don’t see that happening. For now, I’m happy that someone would like my work enough to purchase it.
Who is your favorite artist? I’ve always loved the impressionist.
What piece are you currently working on? I’m currently doing a decorative piece, an old recycled window that I’ve added acrylic paint and crushed glass to make a winter scene.
Doing art was always the one thing I felt I could do well. For many years, I put it on the the back burner to relocate many times and to raise two great kids. Now, I have come back to art and find myself enjoying it again. ~ Lana Williams