David Zane Williams

Artist Bio

David Zane Williams is a Dallas native. Raised in the would-be bohemian neighborhood of 1980’s Oak Cliff, his childhood was peppered with drive-by Tejano music, Bocci ball tournaments, drag queens, and mustachioed poets. His artistic playground included a family-owned beauty salon, the local silkscreen studio, and a Catholic icon tienda: places where dark humor and quirky fashion defined an avant-garde art scene. Interaction with local artists like Pam Nelson, Randy Brodnax, and Arthello Beck helped Williams legitimize art both as a hobby and a calling.

He spent summers in the Texas Panhandle and worked as a ranch hand before graduating with a BA from Saint Louis University. There among other art classes he found oil painting. He received his MEd with a concentration in psychology from SMU. For the last seventeen years he has worked in education as a high school counselor and art teacher at Jesuit Dallas.

Williams paintings, primarily in oil or watercolor, strive to capture the personality of place, often focusing on isolated people and structures to define larger environments. His recent series are set in Peru and the Texas Panhandle, both places with hard landscapes and authentic people.