Casey grew up up in Athol, a small mill town in the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. At a young age, her mother, Ann, would drive Casey to Boston, on Saturdays, to explore the Museums and street culture there, especially the Museum of Fine Arts. They would also go shopping, and out to lunch somewhere new and exciting on these outings. Although her mother would always treat her to a cool outfit, or book, or piece of jewelry, Casey always found herself wanting to find a way to take it ALL home with her; the art, the fashion, the architecture, the energy, colors, patterns, design, store displays, the music; she wanted to bring everything back, to her own world. It wasn’t the fact that Boston was a city, and Athol was in the “country”. Anywhere Casey went, she wanted to take, literally, pieces with her, and make them her own; the ocean, the woods, a lake, a diner, a rollerskating rink wall.... Casey still wants to collect everything that draws her in.
Growing up, she was enveloped in her mother's decor which was sprinkled with African, Indian, and American Folk arts and crafts, pottery, wall hangings, framed textiles, stained glass panels. Even the patterns found on her mother's scarves or cookbooks from the 60's and 70's, or the Herb Alpert album covers in the den, all laid a subtle foundation for the work Casey would later produce.
She continues to find 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 the 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.
In 2012, Casey’s mother, Ann, lost her life to breast cancer. Casey moved home to Athol, after living in Boston for 12 years, to live with her father. This new chapter has lead her down the rabbit hole of childhood exploration even further. Casey feels that a certain conversation has begun to take place on a spiritual level, between herself and her mother, and the things that still remain on the walls and shelves, and hidden in drawers, in her childhood home.
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.