William Armstrong's latest solo exhibit reveals his remarkable versatility, evident in a new collection of abstracts, landscapes and still lifes.
"Most painters do flower paintings or portraits, and that's all they do," he says. "I paint pictures. It's as simple as that."
The 2013 William Armstrong Holiday Art Show, a solo exhibit featuring several dozen paintings at the William Armstrong Art Studio, showcases the artist's latest experiments with acrylic paint and resin.
In luminous paintings like "Wheaton Street" and "White Swann," the artist uses watercolor-inspired techniques to capture the majesty of the coastal environment.
Armstrong also debuts a series of abstract paintings, including "Heart Rate" and the "Red Dot" series, defined by what the artist calls "innate psychological symbolism."
Informed by universal childhood symbols, shapes and colors, these kinetic compositions ooze expressionistic energy.
"I've been working on this series for many years, but this is the first time I'm showing it," he says. "People don't even know I do abstract work."
The Holiday Art Show includes paintings inspired by the artist's travels to Pennsylvania and Ireland and by his fishing excursions on local waterways.
An accomplished scenic artist, Armstrong created magic on dozens of major movie sets during his 30-year career, working on films with top directors like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee and Woody Allen.
The movie industry brought this New Jersey native to Savannah in 1999 to work on the set of "The Legend of Bagger Vance." Impressed by Savannah's beauty, Armstrong decided to make the city his home 14 years ago.
"I've never looked back," he says. "I invite people to come see my latest work."