Erin Dougherty Williams is a visual artist and creative entrepreneur. Born in Naples, Florida, she spent the first 18 years of her life exploring it's southern coast. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, she returned to Florida to manage the Photography Studio of Fashion Photographer, Jorge Alvarez. This opportunity allowed her to work with clientele such as People Magazine, GQ, Vogue and a variety of international publications. Erin later went on to work as a tech for a select few A-list fashion photographers. Her experience in commercial photography provided her with the creative toolbox needed to articulate her ideas for her personal work. In 2007 she and her husband, Chihuly trained glass artist, Conrad Williams relocated to the Pacific NorthWest. Together they launched glassblowing studio and fine art gallery, Studio West. Under Erin’s direction, the gallery grew to be rated the number one thing to do in the city of Eugene, Oregon. In late 2012 Erin committed to spending half of the year in her hometown, Naples, Florida. There, she has been drawing on her fashion background to bring her signature look to families and professionals. She also is expanding her personal body of work and community portrait projects.
An avid people watcher, Erin aspires not only to capture what she sees but to create images that convey what we don’t always see: our passions, anxieties and desires. She combines her love of control of studio lighting with her conceptual background and fascination with story telling. Erin Williams’ images have been exhibited in numerous galleries around the country and have received numerous awards, including one for her series “Vulnerable Silences” from William Zimmer, The New York Times art critic. A mother of two energetic boys, Erin looks forward to the many adventures that lie ahead both personally and professionally.