I have loved making art since I was a small child. Though I've tried many
mediums and subjects throughout my life, the road always takes me back
portrait drawing. Every face is compelling. Whether the subject is typical or
eccentric, elegant or ordinary, exotic or local... I relish the challenge of
celebrating people. Whether it be in a gesture or the way the light is falling,
every portrait has a story and every life makes a mark on the world. I try to
make beautiful marks whenever I am able.
The subjects of my portraits are local people. They sit for about an hour. I
finish the details of my drawings using photos taken during their sitting
Catherine Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree from
UW Oshkosh in 1995. She did many different forms of freelance work for
the next 20 years including primarily watercolors and pencil drawings of
people and domestic animals upon commission. Catherine now focuses on
charcoal or ebony pencil portraits of people. For the past few years she
has not been taking commissions, but just doing art to explore her craft.
The models do live sittings and she works from a combination of life and
reference photos. Her main influences are John Singer Sargent and
Anders Zorn ...among many others.