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November 2011

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Mickey Williams

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Wetlands, featuring paintings by Mickey Williams, on view from Nov. 2 - 30, 2011. A reception will be held on Nov. 4, from 5:30-8:30pm, held in conjunction with CFADA’s Charleston Fine Art Annual.

Williams new works focus on the South Carolina Ace Basin and surrounding barrier islands and wetlands. The Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers empty into a vast area making up the Ace Basin. These wetlands are one of the world’s most pristine estuaries.

Williams has spectacularly succeeded in melding the natural palette of his tidal surroundings with captivatingly brilliant yet contemplative canvases. Immensely talented at capturing soulful nuances of Southern landscapes across seasonal distinctions, Williams also infuses his moody scenes with subtle spiritual overtones. The artistic achievement of Williams comes alive in this impressive exhibition lowcountry and its barrier islands. Wetlands will honor the Tenth Anniversary of Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art and coincide with the Twelfth Charleston Fine Art Annual Weekend.

Williams was born in 1961 in Anchorage, AK. At ten his family moved to the Isle of Palms, at a time when most of the island remained undeveloped and unspoiled. His interest in art dates from his childhood and although he won many awards in high school, he earned his college degree from the University of South Carolina in Government and International Studies. Six years after graduating from college, while working in the restaurant business, Williams started painting again and quickly realized that this would be his life’s path.

Williams is a self-taught artist who learned his craft from studying art in books and in museums. His work is inspired by the spiritual and romantic beauty of the lowcountry that he fell in love with as a child. Today Mickey lives with his wife and three children in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

“I paint the air, the land and the water that surround me,” says Williams. “I have always felt a deep emotional and spiritual bond with nature and feel blessed to live and work in an area that is so inspiring to the mind and soul. My landscape paintings are visual interpretations of what I see with my eyes and my heart. I attempt with every painting to draw a parallel connection between nature and personal experience.”

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/722-3660 or visit (www.ellarichardson.com).

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