Incoming Storm

Plein Air, 6×8, oil on linen panel.  Painted on the coast of Southern California at Crystal Cove Beach in February 2014. 

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Esther J. Williams

About Esther J. Williams

Esther’s involvement in art has spanned over 50 years since she was a child in Binghamton, NY.   She focused on art throughout her early educational years, by drawing with just any medium constantly.  Esther is a lefty, one of her earliest memories is drawing on butcher paper on a wooden floor at three years old.  During her time living in the fabled wine country, Napa, CA. from six-sixteen years old (1961-1971) she was mostly found painting landscapes, flowers or drawing horses in the wine country.  In the same era, Esther’s love of the sea arose from her frequent family trips to Bodega Bay, CA where she sketched while riding in the car watching the countryside pass by.   She won her first art award at the age of eight for a poster design.  In 1971, her move to Binghamton, New York brought more art knowledge on trips to museums into New York City with her high school art class.  She won awards for her art in high school.  While in her senior year of high school in NY, she was offered a scholarship to the Calif. College of Arts at Oakland, thanks to her art teacher.  Only she decided to marry in 1973 and started a family in 1977.  During her seven year marriage, she started a leather apparel design company.  By 1980 she began formal studies in art at Tompkins Cortland-Community College in Dryden, New York.  She studied both architectural design and fine art and received her Associates degree in Arts & Sciences in 1982.  She studied art at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, also fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA.    She then diverted from the mainstream college education just short of a Bachelors degree to be in the country where she studied nature.   It is from being spiritually connected with nature that she derives her inspiration and energy to paint beautiful works of art.   She has entered into many exhibitions and has won numerous awards.  Her work is currently in several retail locations, Whim Home and Hamilton Oaks.  She is currently searching for more art gallery representation.  Affiliations are the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, California Art Club and Southern CA Plein Air Painters.  She has no relation to either Esther Williams the swimmer or Esther Baldwin Williams the impressionist from earlier days.  Artist's Official Website