Born and raised in southern Colorado in the picturesque San Luis Valley, Roger Williams was only a teenager when he first began painting. While the landscape of his native Colorado provided him with endless inspiration for his subject matter, he also began traveling at an early age throughout other regions of the Southwest. Williams found not only further sources of artistic influence, but also established what would become a lifelong passion for visiting new places and learning about their inhabitants and culture.
After finishing his Master of Fine Arts degree, Roger Williams taught classes at both the college and community levels. This academic part of his life was short lived as he subsequently focused his efforts towards becoming a professional fine artist. Although he occasionally teaches painting workshops, Williams presently devotes himself full time to studio and plein air painting.
Having successfully completed over 25 one-man exhibitions, Roger Williams’ paintings are internationally collected. His interests continually take him abroad where he produces oil and pastel landscapes as well as figurative paintings. His passion for foreign travel is matched by his love for working in the Southwestern United States where he currently resides with his wife and two sons.
Founded in classical, traditional roots, Williams’ work is a modern approach to impressionism with a painterly flair. His intention is to engage the viewer emotionally into the painting, aiming for gratification by the image itself as well as an appreciation of the poetic process of the work. Williams tries to communicate the physical and spiritual aspects of his relationship with the natural world, making his paintings a passionate reflection of his own experiences.