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Sarah Williams received a BFA summa cum laude from William Woods University in 2006 and an MFA in painting and drawing from University of Northern Texas in 2009.
Her latest series focuses closely on her roots in the rural American Midwest. Being raised in a small town and then moving for her education to an urban setting lent her a greater awareness of the seemingly mundane, anonymous that exists in our periphery and tend to be ignored.
Lately Williams has been compelled to paint what she knows best—the environment she grew up in. Aesthetically, she am interested in light sources and the play of light on surfaces. This has led her to paint nightscapes isolated and unremarkable buildings that are nonetheless familiar, and rooms and scenes located in rural areas close to her home.
Williams uses darkness to edit out extraneous information and provide the viewer with the essence of place. When she renders her subject in a representational manner she likes to fracture the form and accentuate the light through brushwork, for visually captivating and eerily mysterious effects.
Her work has been exhibited in Texas.
"I feel like I've been to all the places Sarah Williams has painted. She captures the world filled with familiar places with no familiar faces."