12×12 Artist Emily Williams

September 3, 2015

12x12 Art Fundraiser

Today we feature an interview with one of our 12×12 Art Fundraiser featured artists, Emily Williams of Oklahoma City. Emily Williams is an Oklahoma City-based artist with a BA in Art History and a Masters of Library and Information Studies. Her hope is that her work leaves the viewer with a sense of familiarity and comfort, based in shared appreciation and recognition of the subject’s inherent value.

What inspires you to create art?
I usually see an interesting object or get struck by an idea and can’t stop thinking about it. Painting things I love (like breakfast food) is very comforting, too. But my favorite is working on pet portraits—any day I get to paint whiskers is a good day.

How do you choose your materials?
I love the feeling of putting paint to canvas. I tend to use bright colors because I feel they help bring the subject to life.


Emily Williams, “trifectionary,” Acrylic. Available at the 2015 12×12 Art Fundraiser. Bids start at $175.

What do you hope viewers take away from your works?
A sense of comfort, maybe a new appreciation, based in familiarity. I try to capture the happy feelings we get from loving things.

Where else can viewers see your work?
On my website at emilywilliamsart.tumblr.com and the OVAC artist gallery! Also, I post art updates on Facebook (Emily Williams Art) and images of the pet portraits I do on Twitter & Instagram (@librainiac).

View and purchase artwork by 175 Oklahoma artists at the 12×12 Art Fundraiser, September 11, 2015 at the Science Museum Oklahoma. The 12×12 Art Fundraiser supports the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s programs, supporting artists statewide. Learn more at www.12x12okc.org.