By Brittany Ward
Nov. 7, 2018

When you hear it is this artist’s first showing at First Friday, you will be as surprised as I was. Andrea Williams displayed a series at III of Cups last week that she called “fluid abstract.” With an internal drive telling her to create, she’s always working on something whether it’s to cope with stress, striving to perfect a new technique or working on a color scheme.

Since a young age, creating has been a huge part of Williams’ life. Having her work entered into a competition hosted by a national children’s magazine and winning third place kind of sealed the deal. From then on, Williams entered her work in competitions through middle and high school. She has always loved to draw and lose herself in the creative process, acrylic painting has become a new love.

“I have been using acrylic and mixed media for the past two and a half years. I think my all-time favorite media is graphite,” said Williams. “However, painting with acrylic is a very close second.”

Spending anywhere from three to 10 hours creating a painting, it’s difficult for Williams to choose a favorite as each one is unique. Williams gains painting inspirations from Emma Lindstrom from Gothenburg, Sweden. Also, Alex Arshansky, who is an expert in Cubism, from San Diego.

“When my husband and I went to California for our honeymoon, we had the rare opportunity to meet an artist (Arshansky) who created some of the painting we received as wedding presents,” said Williams. “I find his work inspiring and so unique.”

To find Williams work, check out her Instagram and stay tuned for what’s coming next!

Brittany Ward is a multimedia intern with KZUM.