HOLMES BEACH – Stepping into Island Gallery West is always a visual treat, with works from 30 member artists that offer something for everyone. Every genre, medium and subject matter evokes a visual and emotional response with every gaze.
For those who are fans of realism, the work of the November Featured Artist is nothing short of striking.
A transplant from the Midwest, Marg Williamson – like many artists who move to the Gulf coast – was inspired by the beauty of the flora and fauna. The only logical thing to do was to paint it and share it with those that share her passion.
“I have a strong desire to preserve in paintings the beauty of the world around us,” said Williamson, who prefers to paint in plein-air in the manner of the 19th-century style of painting outdoors that became a central feature of French Impressionism. She also paints from photographs taken in her travels in Europe and the Caribbean.
Williamson’s medium is watercolor, which she elevates to a level equal to the elite watercolor artists. Vibrant and detailed, her paintings pull the eye of the observer into the work with a sense of sitting where she sat when the art was conceived. Her work has been featured in galleries in Sarasota, Bradenton, Pine Island, Naples and Holmes Beach at Island Gallery West.
Williamson will meet visitors to the gallery on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer any questions about her work and inspiration. Island West Gallery is located at 5368 Gulf Drive, Trolley Stop 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the gallery online or call 941-778-6648.