Garth Williams' Gallery

Garth Williams' Gallery

I was fortunate to be born in the big sky country of Helena Montana. I grew up acquiring a great love of the outdoors. I remember my dad packing me across a trout stream on his back so we could get to the next hole. The best time to fish was always in the fall when the streams were low and clear and the autumn colors were always spectacular. Each time I paint fall aspens, many special memories come to mind. At a very young age I remember my grandpa painting pictures with oil paint.

I still have some of his paintings today but his encouragement to paint greatly influenced my decision to become an artist many decades ago. I met a very special friend Robert Moore, a wonderful artist whose work I loved and admired. This turned out to be a real blessing in my life giving me the opportunity to study impressionistic art under his constant supervision. Developing my own concept of realism is the most important step in creating a painting that allows the viewer to determine what shapes are actually woven together to determine what image actually appears. I never lost my desire to be an impressionistic oil painter.

After graduating from Burley High School in 1968, I spent two years studying business administration at Ricks College and The College of Southern Idaho before I was drafted into the military. Afterword’s I still had a burning passion to learn how to paint with oil. It was difficult to do with a young family and with so many responsibilities. I believe God wants us to develop our talents and will guide us along the way. Somehow things have worked out over the years and I’m glad the tough times didn’t force me to give up painting.

I am currently residing in a small town in the bottom center of Idaho called Burley. I have lived here most of my life and enjoy living in a small community. The beautiful state of Idaho provides me with the opportunity to fly fish many lakes and streams. Maybe the reason I enjoy fishing so much is being in the outdoors and wondering which landscapes would be the most interesting to paint. Living in the West near the Rockies has really developed my appreciation for nature. It’s amazing how time quickly passes when you’re doing something you love. As I reflect on the last 40 years of my life, catching a rainbow trout or capturing Gods creations on canvas seems like only a moment in time.