(she loves them)
, Intermediate Painters (so much to share)
and Advanced Painters (she can push you to new levels).
Your time in Provence will blend the creative and the spiritual, putting you in the heart of the very French countryside that inspired (in spirit!) the likes of Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. Alice Williams’ legendary grounds and gardens alone would inspire the most stoic onlooker! You will experience an outer beauty that will lead you on an inward journey, pushing you ever closer to your inner artist; a much-needed joining with our deeper selves which, for many of us, goes unfulfilled and unexplored during the rush of our daily lives.
Learn tips from Alice on how to bottle your inspiration and access it on your terms, rather than waiting for the muse to grace you. She will share her process — honed over many years — for showing up at the canvas and doing the work. If this is your first time attending a workshop with Alice, prepare to laugh (a lot) and settle into goodhearted company. You will find no artsy air of superiority here, just exuberant fun with life and paint! Whether you’re a seasoned professional artist, are newly accessing your creativity, or oil paint is a new medium you want to explore, this workshop is a safe space for you to find the expansion you seek.
Alice is special! She is passionate, has a lot to share and is a gifted teacher, garden designer, speaker to plants and writer. She possesses an instinct of knowing where you are in your process and feeding you what moves you closer to helping mine your creativity and freedom.
About Alice Williams
Alice Williams paints, laughs, gardens, and lives with an ease and awakened wonder which infuse the very fibers of her canvas and inspire every stroke of her brush. Taking in an Alice Williams painting is a meditation; transporting, comforting, inspiring, and revealing. Luring one in ever more deeply with its color play and thoughtful composition, her rhythmic strokes delightfully blur the sharp edges of reality, and take the viewer into a lovely, timeless, secret world they never even knew they were missing.
There is no mistaking an Alice Williams painting. Post-impressionist in style for over 40 years, she makes it look easy, but that perfectly unfinished, relaxed precision is the result of a lifelong love affair with the arts and dedicated study with many of the great American artists of our time. She studied Fine Arts at Columbia College, Furman University, and Clemson University in South Carolina, then went on to study under Al Green, John Howard Kintsler, and Albert Handel, to name a few. It was in Atlanta that she found the great Russian painters (and brothers), Constantine and Roman Chatov, who quickly became her most influential teachers. Alice spent 3 days a week for 3 years under their tutelage, which led to a lucrative 12 years working as a portraiture artist, and her eventual discovery of her own, very personal creative expression. The legacy from Chatov to Robert Brackman to Robert Henri is carried on through Alice’s consistent, prolific work.
Alice believes deeply in “paying it forward.” She has a profound sense of gratitude for her teachers, as well as a sense of obligation to pass on the wisdom of the lineage of painters from whom she has absorbed so much dedication, passion, technique, and respect for the tradition. Alice shares these lessons with her own experience, personality, and special blend of maternal nurturing and brazen honesty in the painting workshops she hosts each year. She passes down the ritual of the group critique from her time in Dallas — this is where she learned “when to stop painting.”
“I believe in the power of good; the power of good people.” – Alice Williams
We invite you to join oil painters from far and wide to dive into Alice’s Wonderland in Provence, France. This workshop is designed for painters at all levels… Beginner Painters