FORKLAND — Visual artist Pat Williams isn’t interested in working exclusively in any one medium. Not really. She works with oils, pastels, watercolors and acrylics as well as bamboo and collage. She does admit she particularly likes pastels, and pen and ink, because she likes to draw.
Williams first started classes many years ago with late Boyle County artist Marjorie Ellis, who she helped with classes. She’s graduated to teaching art to kids, which she says is a lot of fun. She teaches summer art sessions as well as classes for homeschooled students.
“You can do a little bit of everything (with kids),” she notes, adding she enjoys teaching the kids. “I do it for fun.”
Williams, who is from Cincinnati, moved here about 34 years ago. Her father was from northern Kentucky, and she and her husband honeymooned in Kentucky.
“I didn’t want to live in Cincinnati,” she says “So we bought land.”
Together, the two write a gardening newsletter, Williams adds.
Williams, who earned her master’s degree from M.I.T., says she takes for inspiration numerous sources: people, knobs, flowers, houses. “Just about everything,” she adds.
She often takes a photograph and works from it when painting or drawing. “I like to draw something real,” Williams notes, adding she paints in a realistic style.
Williams is a member of Gathering Artists, a local visual artists group. Her work has been seen in collaborative exhibits with other Gathering Artists at the Community Arts Center.
Williams says creating visual art is fun.
“I find it really takes me away from other problems. Time stands still. It’s fun to create things,” she says.
A Tuesday night studio is offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Forkland Community Center. It’s a time for artists to work; no instruction is given, Williams says. It’s free and open to the public; artists should bring their own materials.