My houses are like self-portraits – painted to reflect the human condition with emotion and honesty. If these structures could talk, I’d like to hear their stories – the tales of the people who inhabited the space, the energy they brought to it, their legacy. I am intrigued by the power the houses possess to evoke a human presence where none exists. Like us, these structures are broken but beautiful containing layers and depth for the viewer to contemplate and build their own stories in the process. The goal of my work is to capture attention, keep it, then reward it with thought-provoking interest and discussion.
William Mize was born in Knoxville, TN. He studied fine art at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota then established his art career in Atlanta where he spent the last 20+ years. William has been creative his entire life and painting came naturally. He believes that painting helps him to more fully understand something — be it a structure, figure or abstract idea. In his paintings, this understanding manifests itself in many ways, either stemming from the past where it reaches back to his earliest memories or delving into the future where it becomes new and ever-changing. Today, William lives and works in Charlotte, NC with his wife and three children.