acrylic on wood "I sing because I am happy" by Ruby Williams
The stories told by Ruby Williams (1920s-) are influenced by her experiences as a farmer and business woman. Many of her works began as advertisements for her roadside vegetable stand. Williams, a keen observer of human nature, the elderly , the enviroment, and current events, has given these subjects new life through her paintings. Typical of the artist's style are brightly painted images of humans and animals, which are sometimes accompanied with words. The use of text in her work assures that her messages are clearly understood.
“When I paint I feel love ... like I've been wanted by somebody. Someone is depending on me to write those ideas on that board. My words ring a bell with people and when they do I feel energetic, happy, cunning. I just want to cover somebody with a joyful feeling."
“I think about God when I paint. I found out there was a God and he would answer prayer."
Her work was featured in the exhibition, On Their Own: Selected Works by Self-Taught African American Artists, January 31 through June 12, 2005 at the Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Williams currently resides in Plant City, Florida.