In a relatively short span of 20 years, from 1983 to 2003, Louise Rae Williams produced a nearly unprecedented volume of work. She sold, traded, and donated over 200 finished works to various public and private collections. Her total output in these two decades included over 1,000 individual pieces using various mediums, sizes and shapes. She averaged more than two exhibitions a year including 18 solo exhibitions and 27 two person and invitational exhibitions. She influenced thousands of art students while teaching at four colleges and from her studio. She accomplished her work by mastering a wide variety of mediums and techniques including oils, pastels, watercolors, print making, and mixed media using almost anything at hand as her canvas.
Louise was a western artist as most of her work was envisioned and completed in the western United States and remain in private and public collections in western states. She was born and lived in the west her entire life. But by no means did Louise fit the stereotypical description of a western artist of the Remington-Clymer romantic tradition nor of the Georgia O’Keefe western naturalist school. Rather Louise drew images of the contemporary western experiences and especially the impact of the western macho culture’s impact on women, wives, children and the environment. Her west included the alienated, angels, bird boys, victims of the Green River serial murderer, dead cows, children dreaming, the mentally ill hallucinating, family, erotic cloudscapes and the sensuality of existing. She made the west bigger and deeper than Remington’s representative vignettes and her control and use of color and light compare with those of Georgia O’Keefe.