Sarah Williams' paintings reveal the allure of the rural American landscape. From modest houses backlit by a twilight sky to vibrant neons of carnivals and motel signs, Williams creates a painted world that is undeniably captivating.
"I'm drawn to the Coen Brother's works, especially No Country for Old Men and Fargo. Those two stuck with me because of the aesthetics, how the scenes are cropped, the timing of the story and how it unfolds as well as the acute attention to the small things that help indicate a specific sense of a place. Like how the people in Fargo speak with that northern kind of sing-song rhythm. I love how heavy, sometimes severe things are delivered in an unassuming way in these films. That is also why I am drawn to writings by Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. Works by these authors have the same feel. As a kid, I remember artists like Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood being my artistic heroes. I could identify with the subject matter and the way it was presented by an artist who knew it first hand. As I've done more research, I've come to admire their Regional Pride as well."
Williams received her MFA from the University of North Texas and has shown extensively throughout the United States. Her work has been exhibited at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Texas, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the Galveston Arts Center in Galveston, Texas. Williams has participated in the Vermont Studio Center and Ucross Foundation artist residencies and her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX, the Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, and the William Woods University, Fulton, MO.