Grant P. Williams
I grew up in northern Ohio and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in illustration and portraiture.
In, November of 1962 I took my first trip from the frigid north to the blue waters and green palms of south Florida and fell in love. After Christmas, I returned to Ohio and was encouraged to return to school for a degree in education, which I did. In 1965 I received my B.S. in art education and packed my car for Florida. Shortly after returning to Florida, I learned that Palm Beach County was hiring itinerant elementary art teachers. I was hired and spent the next two years traveling from the east coast to the glades giving art lessons to elementary students. During that time I worked on my masters in art education at Florida Atlantic University. I received my M.S. in 1969.
During that time I found my second love of my life, my wife, Sherry – also an art teacher. I taught one year at Boca Raton High School (1967-68), then ten tears at Palm Beach Gardens High School (1968-78), and finally twenty years at Jupiter High School (1978-1998). I also taught as an adjunct teacher at Palm Beach State College for three years and at Palm Beach Atlantic University for twenty years.
I have been involved in several galleries – Palm Beach, Norton, The Four Arts, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Lighthouse, Ashtabula Fine Arts, and now Artists of Palm Beach County in the Park.
As a graduate in illustration I have always been a believer in realism. In working on my masters, I was encouraged to do a series of work using my own style of impressions. I have continued to work on developing this series with a full range of technics using acrylic media, from brush to air brush to paint knife.
I try to illustrate the real with use of abstract shapes of color and transparency for the viewer to ponder, hence I call it “realistic impressionism.”