Shirley Williams Profile: The artist behind the art

Shirley Williams grew up moving around all over Canada. She first started off her career working as a documentary film maker in Toronto. In 1991 William’s traded in the big city life style to pursue a full-time career in the arts.

As an artist, Williams is best known for her multi-layered abstract paintings of rich organic shapes and colours.

In a recent study conducted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The study found that the city of Windsor rated the worst place to be a woman. Three spots below than in its previous year. The report provides a snapshot of the gaps in men and women’s access to economic security, personal security, education, health and positions of leadership. Specifically, the lack of job opportunities for women in the city of Windsor.

Williams believed that there were much more opportunities for her art career to flourish in small city such as Windsor than in a big city like Toronto.

“It used to be that I wanted to live in New York and be a part of the New York art scene. You know there you get 3 feet by 3 feet apartment. So, there is no way you could have a studio like this”

Williams currently works in a large warehouse studio on 3080 Grand Marais Road East Windsor, Ontario, just 10 minutes from the Detroit border.

For artist Shirley   “moving to Windsor has actually further propelled my career further”.

Since moving to Windsor Williams has had great success in the city as well as internationally. Her paintings have been exhibited and collected widely across Canada, the United States and Great Britain.

Just recently Williams had a series of paintings purchased by the Windsor Ronald McDonald charity house.

“It’s very easy to be a big fish in a small sea. And then having the opportunities that I have in a small city that I would have never of had living in a big city is what makes Windsor a great place”.








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  • Shirley Williams#1

    July 21, 2017

    Thanks for the great article Naomi. I love your choice of photo for the article. I’ve had lots of positive response.
    I hope you’re doing well. It was such a pleasure working with you. Your talents will take you far, I’m sure. – Shirley

    • Naomi Belay#2

      July 21, 2017

      Thanks for the great feedback Shirley, it was a pleasure interviewing you!


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