Maureen Williams graduated from California College of Arts in Oakland California in 1991 with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Art. One major focus for this artist is to use material in such a way that the material reveals the life within itself. The idea is to let the material “be” what it is naturally supposed to be.
Currently I am enjoying the exploration of wood. With the help of my husband we find wood that has been discarded. Usually a large Cypress Tree or Swamp Ash might be available in this area and I love the personality of these woods. Before I begin carving, I visualize movement and feel a shape within the wood. The whole sculpture process is “give and take” between me and the wood. As I carve I pay attention to what is already there and try to accentuate the natural beauty and movement of the wood. My subject focuses in organic abstract and aquatic life. I enjoy carving fish in wood because the marking of the wood a incredibly water like to me. The grain flows and swirls just like water to create this synchronistic relationship between the subject and the material.
My most recent inspiration is derived from sea shells. Not the pristine and perfect shells but the weathered and worn shells. I love looking at them because they have so much character and I often wonder how old they are, where they came from. They feel so nice in your hand. Wood holds the same mystery and beauty. My goal is to find wood that has the same essence and bring out these characteristics from the shells on a larger scale.