In the artist's own words:
"Ten years ago I left a successful career as an artist in advertising and began exploring wood as an art form. I studied under nationally known artists at Anderson Ranch Art Center and Penland School of Crafts to learn carving techniques and woodworking skills. Soon after, I found myself creating colorful aspen sculptures and handcarved panels. By carving shapes and textures, I create abstract imagery on wood. The textures invite viewers in for a closer look. From a distance, the bold designs dance and play across the surface of the wood. Sanding away color to expose the wood leaves a warm, weathered, comforting feel, while my choice of vibrant colors, shapes and patterns are just plain fun. My work is whimsical, organic and has a truly unique style that is refreshing and often brings a smile. Wood allows me to use my imagination to its fullest potential as I strive to create imagery that pushes the medium."
- Mary Williams
Mary's aspen sculptures have led her to explore other wood surfaces to act as a canvas for her designs. Carved patterns layered with acrylic paint are applied to custom made wood panels, rubbed to expose the raw wood, and finished with either a satin or high gloss urethane. Even antique skis become works of art with Mary’s bold colors and textures.