Artist Spotlight: Q&A with Buzz Williams
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.