Georg Williams – Artist
Born on January 2, 1953, Georg grew up in Houma, an oilfield boomtown in the middle of marshlands and swamps of Southern Louisiana. As a kid, he always loved to draw.
His dad advised him that drawing was a waste of time unless you get paid. Later he became Georg’s manager receiving 90% of the profits. This gave young Georg a lot of practice in making people look good in portraits and in how not to get involved with unscrupulous agents who also happen to be your father. He began selling his portraits at the tender age of 15.
After a tour in the army, Georg spent a year roaming around the country doing odd jobs when necessary and avoiding work when possible. Eventually finding himself back in the New Orleans area, Georg began pursuing a career as an artist. He studied art for an unreasonable amount of time at Nicholls State University. Afterward, he spent years un-learning what he was taught and learning about art for himself.
As the owner of an art gallery in Houma and in New Orleans, Georg made a living selling other people’s pictures framing them and teaching art classes. This is where he stressed that art cannot be handed over by teachers but must be found by the students themselves. Growing tired of running a gallery he began focusing all his energies on raising his two daughters and creating his own art. Georg then began painting portraits of cats and dogs.
Georg changed his painting style from the photo realism of his commissioned portrait days back to the simpler more caricatured style of his boyhood. He figured that getting a laugh from someone was a much better compliment than the “ that is very interesting” or “it looks just like a photograph” he got from patrons of his realistic art. After seeing animals in many of his paintings a friend suggested to Georg that he should try painting dog and cat portraits i.e. head and shoulder, like a passport or yearbook photo. The pet portraits became so popular that he was forced to quit his job and sell his kids (just kidding) so he could paint full time.
The kids, Kate and Sarah, are grown up now. They both inherited their father’s talent and like him, neither one knows what to do with it.
Georg’s untimely death in 2012 left us with a wonderful collection that was rich with his imagination to illustrate his artistic talent and love for animals.
Below is just a sample of Georg’s work. Click here to shop the entire Georg Williams collection.