About Juliette Morris Williams
I have been creating art since childhood, and studied in San Jose, California at the San Jose Museum of Art (painting, drawing) in the 1970s and 80s, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in the mid 1980s (modern dance), and with Keith Lo Bue (mixed media, metalworking) of Sydney Australia in 2013.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, and currently have Primary Progressive MS, which makes walking difficult. A lot of my work centers around the creation of movement and space - going from dancing and being very active - to learning how to express motion and mobility in other ways.
Painting is my main focus these days (2019), and my work really focuses on expressing the motion within emotion. With words, poems and scratches I work my paintings with layers upon layers of color and images to produce a field of motion. So much is packed into each piece that they are like autobiographical pieces that I can release, knowing that I am saying what I can say in the only way I truly know how.
My home and studio is in Nevada City, California. In addition to painting, I also create jewelry and mixed media pieces using found objects and metalwork. The processes I use are as natural as I can make them; for example, I use salt water for etching metal (not chemicals), and ammonia, fire, salt and plants to color metal. All of the pieces have stories, and I work to tell them as best I can.
I have been curator and Artist-In-Residence of the Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, California since 2016. It is a community gallery with a collective of a total of 7 members, and we hold shows about 9 times a year. The shows are curated and open to Nevada County artists.