Janice Williams

I painted the image above during a practice series of doing faces for mixed media pieces I was working on. I didn't realize until much later that it actually is a perfect self portrait of me. My art is a reflection of what I see in my imagination. It is always bright and extremely colorful. I have always been a very creative person but it took me a long time to admit to myself that I was an artist. I am not a very good drawer and after years of frustrating drawing classes and practice, I realized that my artistic talent was one of creativity with color. Art expression is a daily passion that defines my being.

I am a self taught artist and only later in life have I ventured to take a few classes. I recently took a gelatin print class and enjoyed it very much. I like the journey of learning by doing. I dabble in many mediums: writing, decoupage, quilting, acrylic, oil paint and markers. I love working with paper and I particularly like decorating items that are functional like my birdhouses and pots. I also create a daily piece of computer art that I turn into a jigsaw puzzle. Over the past 10 years I have created thousands of images. While people from around the world enjoy the puzzles every day, I am always tying to think of new ways to use these images in other art.

I have also spent a great deal of my time both enjoying art and prompting other artists' work. My husband and I have found many ways to be involved and be active in the art community in Boston where we live: we produce a local cable show called "It's All About Arts" now in its 16th year; we created and manage the Roslindale Arts Alliance; we started and ran for 10 years, the Roslindale Open Studios and we created an art gallery where I work at Boston Neighborhood Network Television. I manage multiple Facebook pages for our art activities and write a weekly column called Art Dujour.