Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Williams.
Courtney, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Far as I can recall, I’ve always been drawing. I remember always having had little sketchbooks on me as a kid. I didn’t explore painting very much until high school when I was introduced in various art classes. From then on, I started using primarily watercolor and ink, and it’s sort of taken off from then!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In terms of personal growth, I think it’s probably been more or less smooth. I can look back at something I made only a few years ago and see the huge improvement in my technical skill, though there is always room for improvement and always new things to learn. As far as a career in art goes, however, I struggle very much with social media. It seems now that if you do choose to pursue a career as a fine artist, a social media presence and brand is essential to success. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out in the future, but for now, exploring hashtags has been very beneficial for me!
What else should we know about your art?
I am a fine artist/illustrator. I primarily work on paper with gouache and watercolor. I am working on a huge project right now in which I’ve been challenged to use watercolor on wood board. I’m finding out that I really love wood board and the texture it gives my paintings. I’m considering switching to wood instead of paper. I’ve loved it so much! Most of my work focused on the natural world – composed of varieties of birds, moths, snakes, trees and other foliage. I usually incorporate a lot of circular imagery as well to, in part, convey the cyclical nature of life in all its forms.
What were you like growing up?
I remember being kind of a shy kid, but a lot of my recollections are hazy.
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