ABOUT WILLIAM MASTERS
A figurative artist and storyteller from the Washington, D.C. area, I am intrigued by the dualities of togetherness and isolation, aesthetic pleasure and emotional pain, and how these seemingly contradictory experiences and emotions meaningfully affect the way we relate to ourselves and our environments.
My experience with philosophy in the Buddhist tradition has taught me that pleasure is an indispensable tool in the difficult but empowering activity of comprehending pain. In translating the inner practice of meditation to the visual medium of painting, colors and composition replace the breath as the primary means of creating a sense of peace and pleasantness.
Inspired by post impressionists, my work takes our thirst for bewilderment and attempts to use the curiosity-creating capacity of art to empower more thoughtful engagement with the emotion in our lives.