Artist Spot­light: Q&A with Buzz Wil­liams

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil: How did you get into art?

Buzz Wil­liams: I’ve al­ways been “dreamy.” Fin­ger paint and draw­ing were early mem­o­ries of school. I had an aunt who was an artist and she was in­ter­ested in what I was do­ing. When the ‘60s ar­rived, I was ready made for the ex­pe­ri­ence! I joined the Navy out of high school and be­came rated in photo in­ter­pre­ta­tion, look­ing at aerial pho­tog­ra­phy. I be­came fas­ci­nated with the pat­terns on the sur­face of the earth. I be­gan to see the world in “win­dow im­ages.” Years later I would re­call the swirling im­ages of the earth in the sweep­ing ap­pli­ca­tion of paint on large pieces of ply­wood. CCAC: What type of art do you cre­ate?

BW: Each of my works is a leaf on the tree of life that is Buzz Wil­liams. “Snap­shots” of my re­al­ity, look­ing around from my perch I try to see and cap­ture a mo­ment in time. Like time, my works are fluid and very ac­tive. Some­times juicy, some­times bleak and stark like the lone­some blues. The “Hur­ri­cane” in this cur­rent show (at CCAC) is from re­cent head­lines, for ex­am­ple. CCAC: Who are your artis­tic in­spi­ra­tions?

BW: I be­came friends with Fred­er­ick Franck who wrote the book, “The Zen of See­ing.” We are taught to look at things, not to “see” them. With his help I be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence a deeper way of en­gag­ing in life with my senses. Creative en­ergy lives in all of us. CCAC: What do you en­joy about your work?

BW: The way it ex­presses it­self is in­di­vid­ual to us each. I am en­cour­aged daily, by this art spirit, to ex­press the im­ages I might cap­ture, in my or­di­nary life. CCAC: What would you like to do next?

BW: My ma­te­ri­als are any­thing that does not re­quire sol­vents. I paint, play gui­tar and write daily. I am an ab­stract ex­pres­sion il­lus­trat­ing my ex­is­tence.

One of Buzz Wil­liams’ paint­ings.

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