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Interview with Kevin Williams, artist

Kevin Williams worked for many years as a graphic designer, and now combines painting with teaching.

Kevin WilliamsHe is based in Wimbledon, and has been involved with Merton Arts Trail since it began, three years ago. He will exhibit with Merton Arts Trail later this year.

Q. How has the Arts Trail been for you?

KW: Exhibiting in my garden studio has been very successful, and over the past three years we’ve welcomed many visitors.  Some have been known to me – friends and students – and others have been people following the Arts Trail around Merton.  It’s been quite a social occasion at times! I’ve enjoyed it all.

What are your favourite subjects?

Most of my work, which is usually in watercolour, is painted en pleine air, and my favourite location is Wimbledon Common.  It’s been a constant source of inspiration for many years.  I paint in all weathers.

By Kevin WilliamsEven in the rain?

Well, no.  Not then, of course! But cold weather doesn’t put me off.  The Common looked wonderful in the snow earlier this year, and I painted up there on several occasions.

Why do you prefer painting on location to working in a studio?

They’re very different, and both have their advantages and disadvantages.  But painting on location gives a spontaneity and freshness to my work, and I love the freedom that watercolour can give.  It’s something I love to combine with travelling.  Ireland has been a great place for me, over the years.  It’s so full of painting opportunities, and I always manage to produce some exciting results.

Wendy Bliss is co-founder of Merton Arts Trail

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