Diasporal Rhythms
Thomas Williams
October 14, 2023
Artist Profile

Thomas Williams

Thomas Williams started drawing at the tender age of 12, after comic books had  piqued his interest; in the ability of the pictorial to convey meaning and further a  narrative. His high school years were devoted to tutelary, having concentrated on  

the trade, tools, and techniques of commercial art; including an enthusiastic  exploration of painting and airbrushing. Williams declined an invitation to attend  the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983, opting instead to pursue his artistic training at  Chicago’s American Academy of Art, where his concentration had been in  rendering the human form. During the course of Williams’ formal education, he  had been introduced to the joys of depicting landscapes, and he has been drawing  them ever since.  


Williams had continued his scholastic endeavors at Chicago’s Columbia College,  where his studies had focused on illustration, design, and figure drawing. His  entrepreneurial efforts began during his early years, wherein he sold original  airbrush creations as a teen. For the past fifteen years, Williams has worked in the  profession of advertising, dedicating his free time to watercolor workshops and  artistic creations in colored pencil, acrylics, and oil paints of a more personal vein.  Williams has also drawn the comic “Shoplife” for Shoptalk magazine.