What inspired you to become an artist?
My dad painted watercolors as a hobby throughout his life. He and my mom loved to travel around New England taking pictures of its gorgeous scenery and turning them into paintings. My mom started working in oils after she retired, so continuing the family tradition, I picked up watercolors as soon as I retired. I found an inspiring teacher in Carole Day and painted with a group at Holcomb Farm. Dorothy Dumond, an accomplished artist, suggested I join the newly formed Granby Art Association.
I have attended workshops in Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts and have taken lessons at West Hartford Art League.
What inspires your art?
My surroundings. The shoreline of the New England states, the rolling hills and the mountains. I especially love painting fall color and winter snow scenes.
Inspiration also comes from studying and networking with other artists. This has been very hard to accomplish during the Covid epidemic and I have really missed the in-person contact.
Music also provides inspiration to my art.
Do you have any specific goals for your art in the next few years?
I will continue to strive to convey the mood and essence of a landscape rather than render a photographic representation of it—in other words, to become a better impressionist.
Douglas N. Williams
Medium: Oil painting
Member of Granby Artists since: Doug has been a member of Granby Artists Association in 2017 and became an exhibiting member in 2019.
“From the time I could hold a crayon, I have been interested in making art. When I was growing up, my family lived in Germany where art was an integral part of the German school curriculum. Family travels exposed me to Europe’s renowned art museums and I became fascinated by art history and by the painting techniques of the masters. After returning to the U.S. I was awarded ‘Best Artist’ by my high school class.”
Doug studied painting as an undergraduate in college and later pursued a career in mental health, completing a doctorate in clinical psychology. In 2020, he retired from his psychology practice and devoted more time to oil painting. Active in the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society, he has studied painting with Stapleton Kearns, Hollis Dunlap, Maddine Insalaco, David Lussier, and William Simpson.
“My oil paintings are often completed outdoors in an Impressionist style. I am inspired by reflections of water and light and by nature’s colors and textures. I enjoy capturing moods from local scenes, and I bring my painting materials with me on New England and international travels. I often paint in layered color and I love to work with palette knives to apply texture.”
Recent art awards: 2017–Granby Land Trust Award; 2019–President’s Award, Granby Land Trust Show; 2020–Judge’s Award, East Granby Library Show.
Doug has a show of over 50 original oil paintings on display at Lost Acres Vineyard now through Nov. 30.