Artist Derek Williams remembers sitting with his brother and watching their dad draw.
“We’d try to guess what he was drawing. It could be anything,” recalled Williams, 56. “We used to take the drawings he did and trace them. In my 20s, I started working with different mediums. I started drawing animals and then started challenged myself with different subjects like glass and aluminum foil.”
Williams, of Baltimore, is currently showing his original acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings with other artists at the GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster Gallery at the Carroll Nonprofit Center in Westminster. The show continues through May 18.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Westminster art committee member Lyndi McNulty met Williams at the Carroll County Farmers Market Christmas Show.
“He has a really nice technique,” McNulty said. “He uses a combination of brushwork and palette knife. He does a wide variety of paintings but I like his landscapes. They’re not overworked and they have a nice easy flow.”
“They look up to me,” he said. “When I see that it makes them happy, it makes me happy. I want to set a good example for my kids. They believe in me. I want to live up to their expectations.”
Williams is also supported by his significant other, Halo Robertson.
“She’s like my backbone,” he said. “She keeps me motivated to keep going. The hardest part is getting started and then once you get started, you can’t stop. She says you’ve just got to touch it. It’s a good feeling to have somebody in your corner. I feel like I’m blessed.”
Robertson said everything Williams puts on the canvas is important to him.
“Every color matters to him,” she said. “He puts his heart into his work, especially his paintings. I see the intensity in his eyes when he’s painting and sketching. It’s his passion. He paints what he sees in his heart and soul and gives it his all when he does it.”