Artist Charles M. Williams is our Guest, a Vietnam Era veteran and former U.S. Army officer. After military service, he taught in Norfolk, VA, public schools, eventually serving as their Artist-in-Residence. He next enjoyed a corporate career with a Fortune 100 company. After retiring in 2007, he volunteers with various organizations and is a member of the National Association of Black Veterans. Of most import, he now devotes time to a passion he’s had since childhood: art. His preferred medium is acrylic on canvas; his focus is to depict a great variety of human connections: intergenerational ties, devotion between spouses, joys of childhood friendships… Though he highlights everyday scenes from the lives of African Americans, the themes he depicts are universal. Most recently, he has created a series, “Use 2B So EZ,” that takes a realistic look at aging and physical and cognitive decline. Welcome to all of you out there as Charles shares stories behind some of his paintings. Our group conversation will explore art’s healing power, how art connects people across multiple divides, how to express anticipatory grief through making art.
Host: Lily Liu, Family Caregiver
Guest: Charles M. Williams, Artist