Williams was born in
the small farming community of Central City, Nebraska. Since
his childhood he has been aware of the natural beauty of the
world around him, an awareness that he continues to
cultivate today through the art of painting.
was eager from an early age to pursue art. At a time when
most of us leave our crayons behind, he was being accepted
and encouraged by his classmates, as an artist. "When I was
7, I took out some colored pencils and a posterboard. There
was a poster of a tiger in my bedroom and I remember
spreading out on the floor with these pencils, looking up
and drawing the tiger. The next Friday I took it to show and
tell at school. The other kids and the teacher liked it.
I'll never forget that feeling of acceptance from sharing my
experience in color and shape. As children we all love the
colors and our crayon expressions. But the reality is that
everyone of us is an artist at heart. We just move on to
share and express it in other ways."
studying painting and illustration at the Kansas City Art
Institute, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree, Williams went on to be an in-house Senior
Artist/Designer for Hallmark Cards and DaySpring Cards for
the next ten years.
Today, Todd excels in his ability to paint all subject
matter using spontaneous brushwork and creative virtuosity.
Most of the time he can be found painting en plein air.
Through this discipline he has found his own recognizable
voice, which is now becoming his signature style.
work has been exhibited across the US in gallery, museum,
and invitational exhibitions, such as the Gilcrease Museum,
the Great Plains Art Museum, Montgomery Museum Of Fine Arts,
"The American Miniatures Show", Settlers West Gallery, The
Maynard Dixon Museum, Cincinnati’s Great American Artists
Exhibition, and the Oil Painters of America National and
Regional Exhibitions where he has been honored with the
prestigious status of Signature Member.
In May of
2009 he won an "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" at the National OPA
Exhibition in Santa Fe, NM., and in 2008, he won the "SECOND
PLACE AWARD" from the American Impressionist Society in
their National Exhibition at Palm Desert, CA.
The International Artist
Magazine featured his work from “Vienna and
Prague” in their Dec./Jan. 2008 issue. In Sept. 2005,
Todd had a featured article in the Fine Art
Connoisseur. Also in 2004, he received national and
international recognition for his art through a feature
and International Artist Magazine selected him
for "Master Painters of the World" in the United
Todd is not an abstractionist, he still uses an
abstractionist metaphor which is 'to take from.' In his case
he has chosen to take his forms from nature and his
expression from his heart. He has a unique ability to go
beyond surface effects of atmosphere and light--to turn
inward, to capture the soul and sentiment of the subject.
"Natural beauty found within one's heart can correspond to
the natural beauty of light on still life, landscape and
figure," he says. His painting has continued to be a moment
in his life he wishes to share with everyone else. Out of
abundance of his heart he invites us to participate along
with him in the same experience.
influences have been many, ranging from Barbizon tonalism to
Sorolla's imressionistic sea of color. The one constant in
his life are his heroes: Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorolla,
and Anders Zorn. Todd recognizes the importance of being
technically proficient in his craft and keeping in touch
with others who share similar concerns.
indeed born with a gift. To that gift, he has added great
passion and a commitment to be responsible to use the gift
that God has given him. He paints not for position or
notoriety, but because he knows he is an artist and has
found his poetry.
"Painting or creating art is
nothing less than
a prayer of visual expression to God.
As artists, creating is our form of worship."