Fred Williams Australian master painter

Snowfields, oil painting abstract

I fell in love with Fred Williams long ago in Sydney.

A close friend introduced us in an art gallery. Nothing has deterred my love of Fred, not his being deceased nor my being married,  What an artist!

Often I think if I could just paint like Fred, or go where he went, or…. get in his head.


Use of color

Fred William’s  use of colour to express & interpret the Australian landscape… was sublime.

The textural layerings conveying the ancient beginnings of this land – exquisite.


His mark making, design skills, simplicity and sensitivity in the use of his materials, knowledge and creativity has made him an Icon.

He  made you   feel the land  in his paintings.


oils like fred williams
Snowfields in oils


Under the Influence ….. of Fred Williams


This is my interpretation of  the snowfields of Perisher,  Dead Horse Gap area  from a series of trips to those locations some time ago.

I took numerous rolls of film, jotted down copious sketch notes and of course had to go and touch the trees.

Texture,  is very important to me and to try to convey that sensitivity into the art image is critical.



During this painting,  I’ve contemplated….  Fred Williams.

How he painted, his textures, his love of the land.  His incredible ability to impart the feeling of the land.


I’ve definitely been influenced by Fred in this piece and hope viewers  are able to feel the land within it.




Process of Painting

The “processes I used” were:  first,  I’ve textured it and layered it with gesso several times on a canvas.

Laying down alternate glazes of viridian green, cobalt violet, metallic golds, cerulean blue,  raw sienna and permanent rose in acrylic first.

Final glazing coats of white oils mixed with rose and cerulean to finish the piece.



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