Chicago based artist, Olivia Williams’ passion for portraiture originated in 2016. Her interest in hyper realistic portraiture began when she started experimenting with colored pencils and fell in love with layering color to create skin tones. Since then, she has combined her passion for portraiture and colored pencils to create vibrant pieces that explore and emphasize the relationship between people and nature, while utilizing reference photos to create an amalgamation of faces and landscapes.
“Human life and nature are heavily integrated with one another. People interact with nature’s landscapes everyday for a multitude of reasons. Whether it be to sustain life or simply to enjoy its beauty, humankind relies on nature to fulfill its mental, emotional, and physical needs. My work explores the relationships and personal connections between people and nature by physically compositing landscapes and faces.
One of the first questions you ask when you meet someone new tends to be ‘where are you from?’ As a result, I tend to associate people with the places they grew up or the places that are important to them, as these places strongly influence who that person is. These specific places become an integral part of shaping a person’s life; in my work, the land physically becomes a part of the person’s identity.”