A twin passion

Written by Chris Worthy

Alice Williams’ paintings are alive with color and motion. The former Greenville resident now makes her home in  Provence, France, where she paints in her sunlit studio and creates living art  with the design of her garden.

Williams and her husband, Don, met at Greenville High School. They have been married for 55 years and have two children and two grandchildren. They have lived in spots around the country and the world, settling for a time in Atlanta, Paris and now just outside Lourmarin, France. The couple has settled in a postcard-lovely farmhouse that was originally built in 1823, torn down in 1975 and rebuilt using the same beams and stones.

Upstate friends will have the opportunity to visit with Williams Nov. 28 at Vintage Now Modern, where her work will be on exhibit through the holiday season. In conjunction with Williams’ show, the 10 local artists who make up The Artists at Falls Park will also show their work on opening night and during First Fridays events at the store.

Williams will also present a daytime workshop Nov. 28 before the show’s opening that evening.

The paintings for the event at Vintage Now Modern will include some of Williams’ horse-themed art and more.

“I’ll probably have a lot of French subject matter because it’s so lovely here and so paintable,” she says. “We just fell in love with France and the French people. I just got smitten by Provence. I’ve painted the village of Lourmarin a thousand times.”

Williams has created her own very paintable retreat by letting the French soil teach her some new gardening tricks. The four-acre spot that Williams calls home is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Williams calls it “flat dab beautiful.”

“I think I’ve gardened all my life,” she says. “I’ve created a garden everywhere we’ve lived. It’s a twin passion. It’s just like painting. The earth here is very alkaline. All the plants I tried to grow in Atlanta grow here. Sage, rosemary, lavender – I could never make them grow in Atlanta. It’s a different learning experience. Here, it’s so beautiful. The sun is so strong.”

Greenville Talk Magazine, November 2018 Issue