To create art is something extraordinary; to experience the power of intrinsic motivation and the subsequent impact it can have on a life … I have always, even in my youth, embraced what art can cultivate as both a form of expression and communication. It is particularly appropriate to note that there is no such thing as a solitary endeavor on the journey of becoming.
In 1987, I was diagnosed with refractory epilepsy due to a nonmalignant brain tumor. Over time, the seizures dramatically increased in frequency and intensity. The hospital became a second home, and school became more of a torture chamber than a foundation for educational pursuit. I soon realized that my love for the arts became a cure for my suffering. As I became more disciplined in my studies of art, I enhanced my ability to map out a composition on paper and canvas. There, I developed a diverse avenue of signature artistic styles, such as photo-realism, fantasy art, stippling illustrations, and others. Throughout this journey, I never underestimated that the only thing getting me through my exhausting battle with epilepsy was my ability to project my emotions into my art. As I continued critically examining my craft, I learned that art had been used for centuries as a therapeutic tool and realized it had become my therapeutic intervention.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and living in Stockholm, Sweden, Mr. Williams acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from the Pratt Institute. He currently works as an artist and activities-based therapist within special education, rehabilitation, and psychiatric settings using expressive modalities such as art, music, drama, and movement.
Mr. Williams is constantly striving to further inventive therapeutic techniques. He uses creative modalities and sensory stimulation as tools for behavioral intervention and quality of life enhancements to foster communication through art and music making. He has exhibited internationally in collaboration with several charity organizations to assist in building self-esteem, self-image, and overall quality of life. In 2016, Mr. Williams accomplished his life-long goal of building the first Art Therapy Studio in Sweden single-handedly. He gained financial and promotional support from http://www.hjarnkraft.se/ & the Swedish Epilepsy Foundation http://epilepsi.se