WESTON, CONN. — Artist and avid antiques collector Paul Alan Williams, 78, died of a heart attack on February 15 at his home.
Paul Williams was born in Detroit in 1934 to parents coming from the French section of Canada and the state of Oklahoma. Paul went to school at Chadsey, Meinsinger and the Art Center School in Los Angeles, where he studied under many well-known professionals.
After years of success in commercial art and upon the urging of his artist and fine art dealer wife Sandi Oliver, Paul completely changed his style and medium of work from pen and ink and Dr Martin’s dyes to Impressionistic oil painting. His lifelong interest in history and collecting of antiques directed Paul to study the works of the early American and European Impressionists.
Accompanied by his miniature dachshund dogs, Paul would paint in his studio barn in Weston surrounded by stately pines, beautiful gardens and Italian statuary — all of which Paul personally designed. Listening to music, he would paint a simple impression of a subject without dwelling on unimportant literal details; his oils are filled with beautiful women, children and dogs portrayed in flowering gardens, beach scenes and charming cafe scenes. Even though Paul was color blind, his works were masterfully done with brush strokes full of different color paint, evoking a special nostalgia and serenity — “a calm, peace and joy.”
Paul was a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Society of American Impressionists and other Guilds. He is listed in Who’s Who in America (in Art, in the East) as well as John Costagno’s American Artists: Signatures and Monograms 1800 to 1989 and in numerous art auction record books (starting in the 1980s) such as Currier’s, Hislop’s, Leonard’s, Meyer’s and McKittrick’s. His work is found in corporate and private collections and museums.
Paul is known for his collecting and restoring of early arms and armor, clocks (NAWCC, Inc member since ‘66), early European furniture, bells, steins and religious items. When not in his studio creating a painting or working on a restoration project, Paul would be a regular at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market searching for a hidden treasure or a part for a restoration project.
Paul is survived by his loving art agent wife Sandi Oliver, aka Sandra Oliver Williams, adult children in Connecticut: John, Melissa, Philip and his wife Natasha, plus grandchildren Sage Jasmine and Jade Bella already following Paul’s art, and his brother Richard and family in California.
Paul’s friends, family and dogs will miss Paul for his gentle demeanor, great sense of humor and loving and caring nature.
A memorial Mass for Paul will be in the fall.