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Casey is a full-time artist and DJ. In 2011, Casey’s mother, Ann, lost her life to breast cancer and Casey moved home to Athol, after living in Boston for 12 years, to live with her father. She immediately felt the hustle and stress of city life lift up and off of her as she settled into small town life. Even though it was an intense grief-filled period, it was also new chapter which lead her down the rabbit hole of re-exploring her childhood and all the things that once influenced her imagination.
"I basically want to go back.... but I can't, ....so I'll at least make everything around me feel like it has traveled here from the past, when my mom and I first started hanging out together". Everything I make is my Mom saying "Hi" to me - and me saying "Hi" back to my Mom."
She considers her paintings on wood. canvas and burlap, to be mod-style abstracts; meant to adorn the walls of people who like a vintage feel in their dwellings. Her paintings are purely visual. She does not jump off of any theme, content, or subject matter. She just enjoys design and color balance. She also considers her self a "maker" of many things "crafty". Her hand-mades, like wooden painted birds, peace signs, wood blocks or tableaus painted with Scandinavian patterns and her painted stones all evoke a 60's, 70's, or 80's style of "crafts" or folk art. She is also now known for her hand painted town maps which sell as digital prints at various stores across Massachusetts, and at her own craft shows.
Casey finds inspiration from the things around her every day, everywhere. Color, texture, and pattern combinations found on a rusted door, a plate of food, a friend's earring, a scene from a film, a feeling or style of someone’s home, dreams, remembering dishes, clothing, or pillows from a relative’s house party from 1979, or a towel in her grandmothers bathroom, etc...all spark ideas, and mix together in the artists mind to produce a collection of work ranging from large acrylic abstract paintings to small delicate illustrations, as well as home accents and decor reminiscent of the past (if you grew up in the 70’s).
Casey hopes viewers will enjoy her work purely as "object"; purely for the "look" and "feel" of them, and hopefully have relatable connections of their own; perhaps to memories lodged in their own minds.
A book of her mother’s poems, discovered by the family, was published in 2013 and Illustrated by Casey. “Dawn’s Agenda” - Poems by Ann Williams, Art by Casey Williams, can be found on Amazon.com for purchase. Proceeds fund the Athol High School Scholarship Association.