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Iia Owens-Williamson

Life’s experiences have led the work of Iiadonnasanova Owens–Williamson into a new direction of being more than just aesthetically appealing. Specializing in portraiture, she no longer relies solely on relaying subject information through composition, colors and the brushstrokes used; she’s now allowing the subject’s story to paint the picture.  Her most recent body of work thrives on the belief that we are all composites of our everyday experiences; similar to piecework or a patchwork quilt.  Our exterior appearance reveals little about us.  It’s our individual life experiences and the realizations they evoke that form us into whom we truly are.  That side of being is not exposed until the layers are slowly stripped away.  Like her collage paintings, the view from afar can be quite deceptive. They appear to be paintings until a closer look is taken.  That closer look unveils truth.  Her most recent work, collaged portrait painting, exposes those layers. It defines human existence for what it truly is, a haphazard conglomerate of textures and patterns encapsulated in daily experiences that define and validate our existence.


Iia Owens Williamson and Gale Connelly will have an Art Exhibit at the Historic Courthouse Gallery in October 2016

Gale Connelly and Iia Owens-Williamson became fast friends while attending Kennesaw State University in the early 2000's.  Both were nontraditional students at KSU,  excelled in their studies while in attendance, had families that they were a very active part of and  lost a sibling and parent to cancer both before and after becoming friends.  Since their days at KSU, they both have become Art educators, been 'Teacher of the Year' in their schools, had students  that excel and place in local competitions and won awards for their own artwork.  Seemingly  very different, they've discovered that their kindred spirits have taken them down an artistic path that sometimes parallels, even collides but always lands them in the same place; eager to create and experience what's next.  You're invited to experience the world through the eyes of these two dreamers as they celebrate 'Phase 2" of their lives.